[Ads-l] "pandemicide"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 22 19:46:56 EST 2021


> On Feb 22, 2021, at 10:57 AM, Nancy Friedman <wordworking at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> In circulation now because of science writer Laurie Garrett's Feb. 18 essay
> in *Foreign Policy*, "Trump Is Guilty of Pandemicide." I found two earlier
> usages, in August and September 2020. In all cases the word does not mean
> "killing the pandemic" but rather "killing by means of pandemic." The
> construction is reminiscent of the trademark term "genericide" and of many
> facetious coinages (boobicide, beericide, momicide, etc.).

And, earlier, “shoeicide”—the (would-be) shoeicide bomber intended to kill by means of a shoe, not to kill a shoe.  

LH
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> My blog post:
> https://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2021/02/word-of-the-week-pandemicide.html
> 
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