Peter Richardson prichard at LINFIELD.EDU
Wed Jan 31 19:03:25 UTC 2001

> According to a website listing oronyms, Brandreth discusses the possible
> origin right in that book:
> Brandreth, Giles, _The Joy of Lex_, 1980, New York: William Morrow and Co.,
> pp. 58-59 on who coined the word "oronym"
> Maybe someone has a copy handy, FWIW....
Nothing about the origin is on those 2 pages. And the examples Brandreth
gives wouldn't really pass muster: e.g. "Where is the spice center?" vs.
"Where is the spy center?" Maybe oronyms work on the "close, aber keine
Zigarre" principle.

Peter R.

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