Word Snooper Extra: Vote for your favorite blended word.

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5 Responses to Word Snooper Extra: Vote for your favorite blended word.

  1. Bill says:

    (slight correction to the original)

    Refudiate (vt), traceable to Sarah Palin, an invaluable addition to sophisms, meaning “to prove wrong by being opposed to.” A portmanteau of refute, from re- “back” + -futare “to beat,” implying the use of logic to beat back an opponent’s argument, and repudiate, from re- “back, away” + pes-/ped- “foot,” implying stepping away from an idea one finds repugnant. A hallmark of Palinesque thinking is to adopt an opinion based on faith and then to marshal “damned statistics” in such a way as to “support” it. Refudiation eliminates the middle step: By “refudiating” a position, one proves it wrong simply by ones opposition.

    • Bill,
      I think you’re making Sarah Palin look much more clever than she is. The technical term in linguistics for words like “refudiate” is blooper.Your etymologies look fine, but you’re just inventing that definition of “sophism”; aren’t you?
      The New Oxford American Dictionary defines “sophism” as “a fallacious argument, esp. one used deliberately to deceive.” Is that what you’re using?

  2. Here’s another question about blends, submitted under the post “What the #?”
    Suzanne Muir says:
    December 26, 2011 at 11:47 am (Edit)
    Just read your op-ed on blended words. Is there also a term for combing names, i.e., JLo or KStew? Thanks.

    lexiekahn says:
    December 26, 2011 at 10:58 pm (Edit)
    I think you’re right to make a distinction between names like “JLo” and “KStew” and blends like “Brangelina” and “TomKat.” Blends combine word fragments, but “JLo” and “KStew” combine an initial letter pronounced separately and a word fragment. I’d say the names you’re asking about are a cross between an acronym and a blend. Shall we call them “blacronyms”?

  3. paulryankatz says:

    My motives may be political, but my vote goes to Tim Pawlenty for “Obamneycare.” The “amney” just fits so naturally into what had struck me as a profoundly inelegant word. (What exactly was “Obamacare” supposed to be playing on, anyway?) Too bad Pawlenty didn’t stick around to popularize his blend and remind us how absurd Romney’s attacks on Obama’s health care reform have become.

  4. Good nomination, Paul. I don’t think “Obamneycare” will fade too fast, though. It’s likely to be picked up by Newtzilla or Sanctimoniorum.

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