Over the years, J.K. Rowling has gifted us over a million words (1,084,170 if you really want to be specific) as part of her #HarryPotter series, thrusting a great number into our everyday lexicon.
And now, with the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off in full-swing, the author has gifted us another new word to use alongside "Muggle" and "Quidditch." It's "Choranaptyxic."
Looking back to the film, the term is used in conjunction with the Occamy, the magical creature that resembles a bird and a snake and that can change its size to fit into the largest or smallest of spaces. Need a reminder? Here's a short clip:
The Occamy's phenomenal ability to compress itself into a space as tiny as a teacup is essentially what being choranaptyxic is all about. Quite a mouthful when you try to say it, as I'm sure you'll agree.
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Speaking about the new word in an exclusive clip from the home release of #FantasticBeasts, J.K. recalls that in her youth she remembers being told that fish only grew to the size that's available around them. After looking it up, she was surprised to find out that they didn't grow if the water quality wasn't up to par. Ultimately, there appeared to be no real word to describe this extraordinary phenomenon.
As a result, when it came to writing the script for the movie, she was almost forced to coin the phrase that described a creature's ability to shrink or grow to its available space. She said:
"I thought it was a real thing. I had been told in my youth that fish only grow to the size that's available. So I was confident of this and thought there will be a term for a creature that only grows to the available space. But then I looked it all up and I found to my horror that fish remain stunted if the water quality is poor so they don't have that quality at all. So I had to coin this phrase because I'd conceived of this creature that could shrink or grow according to the available space."
So there you go folks, I guess you can now shove "choranaptyxic" onto your vocabulary list. If you're brave enough to try and pronounce it, of course.
What is your favorite word coined by J.K. Rowing?
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)