Five ways Dickens expands the English language

Among the 9,218 quotations from {Dickens’} works in the OED, 265 words and compounds are cited as having been first used by him in print and another 1,586 as having been used in a new sense. Source
She was constantly complaining of the cold, and of its occasioning a visitation in her back which she called ‘the creeps’. — Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1837

5. Dickens also has the most eponyms - words associated with his characters - of any writer. Their names - Scrooge, McCawber, Gradgrind, Bumble - instantly evoke specific character traits. 

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