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Q: What is an ideas merchant? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: What is an ideas merchant?
Category: Business and Money > Consulting
Asked by: ideasmerchant-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 25 Jun 2002 10:10 PDT
Expires: 25 Jul 2002 10:10 PDT
Question ID: 32969
Please provide a definition of an ideas merchant.
Subject: Re: What is an ideas merchant?
Answered By: mvguy-ga on 25 Jun 2002 10:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
As the term is most often used on the World Wide Web, an ideas
merchant (or an idea merchant) is someone who in some way or another
causes other people to think about new possibilities.

Here are a few examples of articles where the term is used in that

Unleashing the Idea Virus

Steal These Ideas

Aldous Huxley,5917,-90,00.html

GrandMaster of the SF Super-Humans

Anarchist movements in Serbia

Literary Woman

Here's a case where it's used more specifically for someone who takes
others' ideas and puts them together in new ways:

Judy and Peter Went to Ottawa

It is sometimes used to describe someone who comes up with new ideas:

The Society

I also found a couple instances where the term is used primarily to
describe someone who is creative:

How To Get Great Ideas

Google search strategy used:

"ideas merchant"

"idea merchant"

Happy thinking,


Request for Answer Clarification by ideasmerchant-ga on 25 Jun 2002 13:30 PDT
Were you not able to find any definition?

Clarification of Answer by mvguy-ga on 25 Jun 2002 17:56 PDT
Despite efforts, I was unable to find "ideas merchant" listed in any
dictionary or glossary.  I derived the meaning based on how the phrase
is used, which is the same method that dictionary editors use in
developing definitions of words. There is usually some lag time
(sometimes decades) between the time a word (or phrase) is used and
when it is included in a dictionary, so it shouldn't be surprising
that the dictionary editors have not yet devised an "official"

I could put the answer in dictionary form:

ideas merchant (noun): 1) a person who causes others to think about
new possibilities. 2) a person who uses others' ideas and puts them
together in new ways. 3) a person who comes up with new ideas. 4) a
creative person.

I hope this helps.

ideasmerchant-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Spot on. Thanks.

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