A neologism is a word or phrase that has been coined to cover a specific need. New words and expressions are constantly entering the language and while modern technologies allow for dictionaries to be updated more frequently than in the past, neologisms are often in widespread use long before becoming accepted "officially".
Of course, once it's been in use for a while, a neologism ceases to be a neologism.
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- Oxford Dictionaries, neologism