Gk. eu – good;  cata – down, back, against; strophe – a twisting, or turning; catastrophe, “an overturning.”

As opposed to the regular catastrophes, a eucatastrophe is “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with joy and brings tears.” An unexpected, happy ending.

Related: serendipity; deus ex machina, peripeteia.

This neologism was invented by J.R.R. Tolkein.

neologogenesis (n)

(adj) neologogenetic/s

The creation of neologisms. A bit of a redundant word, I think. I wonder who exactly indulged in the neologogenesis of “neologogenesis.”  Found in Csicsery-Ronay’s Seven Beauties of Sci-Fi.