[Ads-l] Early WOTY candidate--"spermageddon"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 21 14:59:04 EDT 2021


Leaving aside the semantic transparency issue, “spermageddon” has two evolutionary advantages over “snowmageddon” or “sharknado” from a morphological point of view, viz. the phonological and orthographic overlap with -rm-. Such overlaps are always a plus with blends; cf. “motel”, “frappuccino”, “televangelist”, "sexploitation, “sexile”, “cremains” or, orthographically if not phonologically, “smog”.

LH

> On May 21, 2021, at 2:03 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
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> Well, on the model of “snowmageddon” a few years ago, it could be a perilous situation created by an excess of sperm.  Perhaps at an orgy?  At least, that was my first thought when I saw the term.
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> John Baker
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> Without checking, it could be either the destruction of all sperm or the
> world destroyed by whales.
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> Worse than a sharknado.
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> JL
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> On Fri, May 21, 2021 at 11:50 AM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu<mailto:laurence.horn at yale.edu>>
> wrote:
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>> What it sounds like.
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>> Here’s a Times piece from February--
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>> https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/opinion/sunday/endocrine-disruptors-sperm.html<https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/20/opinion/sunday/endocrine-disruptors-sperm.html>
>> --but it’s been increasingly popping up lately, including last night on
>> The Daily Show.
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