[ExI] time for a new word?

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Apr 28 15:21:12 UTC 2009

> > In THE WHITE ACABUS (1997) I introduced "aksed" which immediately took
> > flight like a... dead auk. I still think it nicely combines the common
> > solecism for "asked" and the implied root term "access".
>Maybe because many people actually (and erroneously) pronounce the
>word "asked" as "aksed"?

That's what "common solecism" means--a common mistake of usage, in 
this case of pronunciation. My little word is a portmanteau of 
"asked(for information)-mispronounced-as-aksed" and "accessed". (And 
since the people using it in my novel tend to be the equivalent of 
today's rich and powerful, there's a little puzzling frisson for the 
reader precisely because they're *not* uneducated.)

But yes, for all these reasons I didn't really expect it to spread 
like a hot new meme. I fear my brand of punnish whimsy does not 
travel well in the USA.

Damien Broderick

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