Fwd: more astounding acronyms

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Dec 15 19:52:55 UTC 2005

On 12/15/05, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> At 7:38 PM +0000 12/15/05, Michael Quinion wrote:
> >So you didn't. What would Freud have said about my misreading of
> >"wordlorn" as "lovelorn", I wonder?
> He would have noticed that "lovelorn" is an actual word, while
> "wordlorn" was an underhanded nonce construct [...]

A snowclone, even...


(First page has advice to the Mormon-lorn, flu-lorn, lyric-lorn,
lab-lorn, luck-lorn, Lovecraft-lorn, library-lorn, etc. Initial "L"
works best, preserving the alliteration of "lovelorn.")

Speaking of snowclones, they seem to be gathering a following on
Wikipedia. The entry for "snowclone" has been steadily expanding, as
has a new one listing examples:


--Ben Zimmer

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