[Ads-l] 'Nonfiction novel" arrives at the West Indies

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jun 9 18:36:00 UTC 2015

> On Jun 8, 2015, at 9:13 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 8:15 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
>> "Fiction novel" is a nice retronym, up there with "analog watch", =
>> "biological mother", and "World War I"
> "Frontlash, frontslash, frontwoods." I heard the last for the first time
> only today, though it's easily Googled back to the 19th C.
I've only heard the second of these (for a number of years now, pretty much as soon as "backslash" became frequent).  But here's another "front" that could be seen as both a kind of retronym and a...well, not quite euphemism, but y'all can decide. I guess "inclusonym", since it's devised to be avoid the exclusionary nature of its alternatives? Maybe even a WOTY candidate, at least for "most outrageous".  Introducing...the front hole! (And no, not for the gap supplied in men's boxers and briefs.)


(Or you can NSFW-google it yourself.) Is this in the ATNW files yet?


P.S. Speaking of which, are there any fronthoe sightings to add to Wilson's collection?

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