First exposure to nonce was when I ran a Minecraft server for my nephew back in 2012-2014. I think it was the Aussies and NZ users + British Isle users that would use it. I had to add it to the banned word list unfortunately. [I didn’t want to ban anything but I was pressured and agreed with the reasoning, so as a compromise I had the naughty word filter change the naughty words into new words].
Then I forgot about it. Then a few weeks ago, nephew starts using nonce verbally, correcting kids at school who said it wrong and used it wrong and it’s kind of his “word of the month”….
…then I saw it used frequently here over the past week or two.
My day of using it properly in a sentence is coming soon. I can feel it. I think I’m educated. I think I’m almost ready. [cue Eye of the Tiger music]