[Ads-l] Combining two people's names: Javanka

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jun 4 01:21:21 EDT 2017


A related phenomenon is the blending of fictional names by fans who "ship"
a pair of characters (i.e., imagine them in a relationship). Cara
DiGirolamo wrote a paper about this:

https://www.academia.edu/2450304/The_Fandom_Pairing_Name_Blends_and_the_Phonology-Orthography_Interface

And Gretchen McCulloch wrote about the paper for The Toast.

http://the-toast.net/2015/09/30/a-linguist-explains-the-grammar-of-shipping/


On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 11:56 PM, Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Thank you. I tried searching; I should have tried with specific
> portmanteaus.
>
> Perhaps rather than saying the stressed syllable, it is better to say that
> the rime of each stressed syllable is preserved (BZ’s Vocabulary article
> and December 2005 Language Log article), though
>
> Rab Butler + Hugh Gaitskell = Butskell
>
> at least is an exception. Perhaps the shared “t” in the rime of each is
> the fusion key in that one.
>
> The example of
>
> Robert Pattinson + Kristen Stewart = Robsten
>
> is an interesting combination of a first name and a last name, perhaps due
> to the lack of similar rimes. And I think only Merkozy in AZ’s February
> 2012 article has an instance in which the woman’s name is mentioned first.
>
> Still a good puzzle for a linguistics student.
>
> Benjamin Barrett
> Formerly of Seattle, WA
>
> > On 3 Jun 2017, at 20:28, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> > Here are two posts I wrote for Language Log on name-blends, from 2005:
> >
> > http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002610.html <
> http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002610.html>
> > http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002730.html <
> http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/002730.html>
> >
> > Another one of mine, on Vocabulary.com <http://vocabulary.com/>:
> >
> > https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/blending- <
> https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/wordroutes/blending->
> > the-candidates-robama-and-obamney/
> >
> > And more on Arnold's blog:
> >
> > https://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/02/16/pairmanteaus/ <
> https://arnoldzwicky.org/2012/02/16/pairmanteaus/>
> > https://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/07/22/an-appellmanteau/ <
> https://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/07/22/an-appellmanteau/>
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 8:20 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at mst.edu
> <mailto:gcohen at mst.edu>>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Benjamin Barrett wrote:
> >>
> >> <snip>
> >>
> >> "This sort of name combination has occurred in the past, though I can't
> >> think of any instances."
> >>
> >> <snip>
> >>
> >>
> >> During President Clinton's time in office there was "Billary" (Bill +
> >> Hillary).
> >>
> >>
> >> G. Cohen
> >>
> >> ________________________________
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> >> Barretts Mail <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM>
> >> Sent: Saturday, June 3, 2017 12:03 PM
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> >> Subject: Combining two people's names: Javanka
> >>
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> >> Subject:      Combining two people's names: Javanka
> >> ------------------------------------------------------------
> >> -------------------
> >>
> >> Today CNN has an article titled =E2=80=9CIvanka Trump's Worst Week in =
> >> Washington=E2=80=9D =
> >> (http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/03/politics/ivanka-trump-worst-
> >> week-in-washing=
> >> ton/index.html
> >> <http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/03/politics/ivanka-trump-
> worst-week-in-washing=ton/index.html>
> >> =
> >> <http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/03/politics/ivanka-trump-worst- <
> http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/03/politics/ivanka-trump-worst->
> >> week-in-washing=
> >> ton/index.html>) by Chris Cillizza in which he writes:
> >>
> >> =E2=80=94=20
> >> Bannon represents a hard-charging, nationalist, populist, =
> >> anti-establishment view of politics. Ivanka and her husband --
> "Javanka" =
> >> for short -- are far more liberal and moderate-minded.
> >> =E2=80=94
> >>
> >> This sort of name combination has occurred in the past, though I
> can=E2=80=
> >> =99t think of any instances.=20
> >>
> >> There must be phonological rules at play, something somebody must have =
> >> figured out by now. To borrow from words from grafting =
> >> (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting <https://en.wikipedia.org/
> wiki/Grafting> =
> >> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafting <https://en.wikipedia.org/
> wiki/Grafting>>), in this combination the =
> >> stressed syllables in Jared (the scion) and Ivanka (the stock) are both
> =
> >> preserved.
> >>
> >> Also providing some welcome (imnsho) criticism of the word Javanka, the
> =
> >> article "How a portmanteau for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner tore
> apart =
> >> Twitter=E2=80=9D =
> >> (https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/javanka-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/ <
> https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/javanka-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/> =
> >> <https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/javanka-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/ <
> https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/javanka-ivanka-trump-jared-kushner/>>) =
> >> by David Covucci in the The Daily Dot provides more examples:
> >>
> >> Ben Affleck + Jennifer Lopez =3D Bennifer
> >> Brad Pitt + Angelina Jolie =3D Brangelina
> >> Wilmer Valderrama + Lindsay Lohan =3D Lohalderrama
> >>
> >> In each case, the stressed syllable in each is preserved, and in each =
> >> case, the man=E2=80=99s name is given first on the left side of the =
> >> equation regardless of alphabetical order and regardless of the
> ordering =
> >> in the resulting combination.
> >>
> >> Probable factors in how these are combined are that men=E2=80=99s names
> =
> >> are frequently clipped to a monosyllabic form (thus having only one =
> >> syllable from which to choose) and women=E2=80=99s names are frequently
> =
> >> two or more syllables.
> >>
> >> I have no love of the celebrosphere, or whatever it=E2=80=99s called,
> so =
> >> here is another article with more words; perhaps this is a good project
> =
> >> for a linguistics student:
> >>
> >> =
> >> http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple- <
> http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple->
> >> names-we-love-=
> >> to-say/
> >> <http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-
> supercouple-names-we-love-=to-say/ <http://www.suggest.com/
> celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple-names-we-love-=to-say/>>
> >> =
> >> <http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple <
> http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple>
> >> -names-we-love=
> >> -to-say/
> >> <http://www.suggest.com/celebs/532/14-best-celeb-
> supercouple-names-we-love=-to-say/ <http://www.suggest.com/
> celebs/532/14-best-celeb-supercouple-names-we-love=-to-say/>>
> >>>
> >> =20
>
>
>

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