[ExI] time for a new word?
seculartranshumanist at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 17:28:58 UTC 2009
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
>> > 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.)
Yes... that was the sound of my little joke going *kerplowie*. ;-)
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