[Ads-l] Not in the OED -- perhaps with good reason

Daphne Preston-Kendal dpk at NONCEWORD.ORG
Tue May 10 07:45:28 UTC 2022

On 5 May 2022, at 12:13, Daphne Preston-Kendal <dpk at nonceword.org> wrote:

> Annoyingly, I have since lost track of the primary sources for this, though.

Ah, here we go:

> Compersion (the word) was coined by the alphabet board when a word to describe the emotion was being sought. Interestingly, some years later, an anthropological term 'comperage' was discovered by a Keristan in a book opened at random. 'Comperage' refers to a custom practiced by certain pre-technological tribes of men 'sharing' their wives with visiting male guests (the women sleep with the visitors as an expression of goodwill and hospitality). At the time that the board coined 'compersion', no one had ever heard of comperage or any words similar to it.

<http://kerista.com/kerdocs/glossary.html>, allegedly dated 1985.

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