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A seasonal game, suitable for ISIHAC [Sep. 18th, 2009|07:46 am]
Douglas Spencer
It's time for a seasonal game.

On Tuesday it'll be the Autumnal Equinox.

"Equinox" is a contraction of a portmanteau word: it is derived from the Yiddish "Yecch", expressing distaste, coupled with the Teenspeak "inorite", expressing agreement, with the final corrupted "right" replaced with an X representing the stinging corrective "Wrong!"

The word "Autumnal", derived from the Greek root "auto-" and the Middle English "Ummm", refers to a lack of self-knowledge.

And so the Autumnal Equinox was traditionally a time for misplaced unease and self-doubt at the start of a new Academic Year.

For this game, I'd like the players to come up with plausible-sounding, but complete bollocks, derivations and explanations for popular polysyllabic words and phrases.

[User Picture]From: molly_brown
2009-09-18 11:36 am (UTC)
Ah, what an impressive post! Which reminds me... ;)

The word "impressive" is actually a corruption of a woman's name.

Eve, wife of the Count Dumont, was 17th century Paris's most celebrated society hostess and patroness of the arts. Her home, the Villa de Dumont, became a kind of artist's salon and the Countess herself gradually became the arbiter of the nation's tastes in everything from art to food and fashion.

Over time, Eve's influence over matters of taste became so great, 17th century fashionistas dubbed her: "The Empress Eve" and in certain social circles, to say something was: "Good enough for Empress Eve" was considered the highest praise. This eventually got shortened to the exclamation: "Empress Eve!"

With the spread of the phrase to the English-speaking world, the pronunciation changed and the origins were forgotten, leaving us with "impressive," the Anglicised one-word version of a fashionable 17th century Parisian's stamp of approval.
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