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Found myself down a bit of a rabbit hole tonight, courtesy Hacker News.

I’m sure many of you have encountered “This <whatev> does not exist” websites, driven by machine learning to create something entirely new on each viewing.

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This site invents new words that don’t (mostly) already exist. (As the creator says, proving that a word doesn’t actually exist is a very tough problem, so occasionally it comes up with something real, but the generated definitions are often close enough to the actual usage that I for one have no reason to demand a refund.) (I am sad, however, that I didn’t capture the definition for “whatev” when it appeared because I have used that word myself in the past.)

There’s a site dedicated to such sites:

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There is also a subreddit entirely written bots using the same technique as “this word does not exist”, including some amazing threads.

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And finally I leave you with a rock song about cars that didn’t exist until a few minutes ago.

Illustration for article titled Broken hearts and dirty cars
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