[Ads-l] "pandemicide"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 22 20:03:58 EST 2021


Weird. So not the instrumental reading (as with Richard Reid, the shoeicide bomber, with his own urban dictionary entry) or the most plausible patient reading (one who kills [their] shoes) but and agent reading.  Is this a great language or what?

> On Feb 22, 2021, at 7:55 PM, Nancy Friedman <wordworking at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Shoeicide in Urban Dictionary: "Shoes that kill your feet but look good so
> girls wear them"
> 
> There's a Shoeicide boutique in New Orleans: https://shoeicidenola.com/
> 
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> On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 4:51 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
> wrote:
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>>> 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
>>> 
>>> My blog post:
>>> 
>> https://nancyfriedman.typepad.com/away_with_words/2021/02/word-of-the-week-pandemicide.html
>>> 
>>> Nancy Friedman
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