From this latter viewpoint: if I use a sound or formation of letters to convey a concept and it is understood by the person I am trying to convey that concept to - then it IS a word, or at the very least fulfills EVERY function for which words were ever invented. This holds whether or not it ever gets ratified by Oxford, Webster or dictionary.com.
I guess it is the age old question of form and function. Which is more important? I don't know. Personally I prefer to stay within the formal boundaries of linguistic conventions. If only because I believe that a tidy, finely tuned, well kept vehicle lets me get to my destination faster and with less embarrassment.
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