victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 14 17:59:53 UTC 2014

The term appears to have started as "anti-vaccer", but eventually got
converted to "anti-vaxxer". The c was changed to x, presumably because
people didn't know how to pronounce original coinage, but reduplication

That's my guess, in any case.


On Apr 13, 2014 10:10 PM, "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:

> The Daily Beast:
> "LYMErix, a promising vaccine for Lyme disease introduced in the '90s, was
> taken off the market due to pushback from anti-vaxxers (among other
> groups)."
> Why two exes?
> Maybe because it makes the word look cool, like "Exxon."
> Note too the subdued pun on "limericks."
> JL

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