I was shocked to learn these words were made up by writers!

Writers and thinkers often make up words that fall into common usage. For example,

  1. “pandemonium”, which was invented by John Milton to describe the capital of hell.
  2. “Squawk” was coined by Lewis Carroll.
  3. American psychologist Dr Henry Goddard came up with “moron”
  4. “blurb” was the brainchild of Gelett Burgess, an American humorist.
  5. “Serendipity” was made up by English novelist Horace Walpole.

from anwerbank.co.uk