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March 10th, 2010
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Roughly: "The naming system unique to this group of interrelated things"
So how about a nice, refreshing break from the drama and emotion of the last week? Wordplay is good. Wordplay is always good.

Incoming context is a brainstorming session for server names, two of which have already been decided as "fluffy" and "cuddles."

baxil:   What is being honored by the fluffy/cuddles nomenclade?
krinndnz:   My quiet rebellion against the hypermasculinity of IT, especially my classmats.
... Classmates.
baxil:   "Classmats" is one of those typoes that really seems like it should have some meaning.
krinndnz:   Oui!
There was another one of those recently.
"Ether snuggles."
baxil:   Also, I think I may have just inadvertently coined a new word with nomenclade there. What do you call the sort of word formed by a phrase contraction, like "endearritating"?
krinndnz:   Portmanteau.
baxil:   Gracias.
krinndnz:   **nods** I like that one.
baxil:   Also I almost mistyped "contraction" as "acronym" before realizing that wasn't the word I needed, and also typo'ed it "acornym." Now I'm getting urges to portmanteau that with "eggcorn" somehow.
krinndnz:   Hmmmm. If you work that out, let me know.
baxil:   Anyway! (pulls himself away from the foreign-language portmanteaus on Wikipedia)

... Seriously, Wikipedia can be as bad as TVTropes sometimes.

On further reflection, I'm thinking an "eggcornym" -- which I appear to have just coined, since it doesn't Google to anything -- would be a word that, while originally (or allegedly) formed from the initial letters of a phrase, has been (erroneously) changed in such a way that it is more directly evocative of the original phrase.

A potential example would be the typo "rolf" for Rolling On the Floor Laughing; while the actual acronym is ROFL, "rolf" is not only a syllable shorter but also directly evokes "Rolling / Floor."

(Ooh! Or perhaps the popular "BCNU" for "Be Seeing You.")

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Date:March 10th, 2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
Bonus thought for people clicking through to the comments:

Classmat, n. A fellow student whose presence detracts from the learning experience. Portmanteau of "classmate" and "hazmat" (the standard abbreviation for Hazardous Materials).

It's even in context with the original usage!
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Date:March 13th, 2010 03:52 am (UTC)
I may need the word, then, as I'm acquainted with a fellow who is growing into that role in a distressing way (he's smart enough on technical issues, but tear-inducingly shallow on the culture side, highly prone to repeating discredited tropes, e.g., French Equals Surrender).
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Date:March 10th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Classmat could just be "class materials" or "chlorinated assmat" or "clear assessment of materials".

FWIF rofl can easily be pronounced monosylablically much like 'raffle'.
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Date:March 10th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Raffle is two syllables. Raff-uhl. The E is silent, but there is a spoken vowel sound.

On the other hand, that's an awesome video and I roffled rolfed.
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Date:March 10th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Also, ten Baxil points for "chlorinated assmat," which is the coolest thing I've read this morning.
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Date:March 10th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm gonna propagate "nomenclade". What a perfect coinage.

And I wasn't aware of "BCNU". As a B5/Prisoner fan, I gotta adopt that one.
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Date:March 10th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
I dunno. "Rolf" makes me think of "ralph" in the sense of vomit.
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Date:March 11th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
And rolfing is a type of painful massage in which the layers of one's muscles are separated from each other, to add bulk as they heal.
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Date:March 13th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)


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