Please, reopen question on "regionism". I improved it.

Professor Katie Wales, Chair of Modern English Language, School of English, University of Leeds invented the word.

"The media regularly and aggressively promote such loaded oppositions (e.g. Capitalist v. Communist) and they have done the most to promote the idea of a North-South divide. So, by analogy with terms like sexism and racism, bias against gender and race, I shall propose regionism, bias against a region".

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I think you may be too late, as it seems to have been deleted. But before asking for re-opening, consider (as with any Is it a word? question) - what answer do you want? It is a word in the sense that it has been used (with a definition) in an academic paper: it is not a word in the sense that it is not in any dictionary; whether it does become a word depends on whether it is found useful by English speakers in the future. None of these have anything to do with EL&U.

  • See also: english.stackexchange.com/questions/11455/…
    – Shog9
    Sep 3, 2012 at 0:54
  • "None of these have anything to do with EL&U" - well not -nothing-. It's just a vague judgement, difficult to answer, Not Constructive.
    – Mitch
    Sep 3, 2012 at 14:25
  • @Mitch: actually, I meant 'nothing'. OPs citation above answers the first question, so there's nothing further for us: he already knows it's not widely used, so nothing there; and whether it will be taken up in the future cannot be answered even by the moderators (unless, of course, you know different). I suspect that behind this there is something like What can I do to spread this useful neologism?, which would be a question, though way off topic; at present, it's not even that. (PS nothing personal intended; just that I think there are too many of these pseudoquestions). Sep 3, 2012 at 14:40
  • My point is that of course this has -something- to do with language and usage in English, what the acceptance method of neologisms in English is. That's all. In total agreement otherwise.
    – Mitch
    Sep 3, 2012 at 19:22

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