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 n.— «But he also likes to come up with new words to describe cultural patterns, acknowledging that at breakfast he invented a new word—ontin, meaning the ostensible usage of something—which he has already used a few times to much bewilderment.» —“Brian Eno lights up Sydney Opera House for global warming” by Belinda Goldsmith in Sydney, Australia Reuters May 26, 2009. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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