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Re: a rose by any other
- To: <acad!blitzen!rick>, <us>
- Subject: Re: a rose by any other
- From: Michael McClary <michael>
- Date: Wed, 21 Feb 90 06:55:21 PST
> From acad!blitzen!rick Tue Feb 20 18:12:02 1990
> In another vein, we could create new words from roots -agoria (OFr
> 'agorie' to assemble or collect) and -orama (Gr. 'horama' from
> 'horan' to see). As examples for InfoFactory we'd have
> lexorama, onogoria, libriorama, and bibliagoria.
> Yeah, I know the -orama conjures imagery of swilling beer in the
> local bowling alley if not used cleverly, and onogoria
> sounds like a nasty pet disease, but words like libriorama and
> bibliagoria are, I think, pretty classy.
I hate to pour cold water on someone else's brainstorm, but I think
I should tell you know that, to me at least, the -orama ending makes
all constructions using it sound pretentious. Like somebody with
junk putting cheap glitter on it. Like a run-down shopping mall,
or the gambling houses of Carson City.
(I recall part of forming that opinion: A MAD magazine takeout on
department stores, with a two-page illo of the mall: every department
named "Foo-a-Rama!" and a "Ram-a-rama" prominent in the center,
selling livestock. This appeared about when the use of such coinages
I suspect this may vary both regionally and by age cohort. Nevertheless,
if it produces this reaction in one sample of baby-boom-midwesterner,
searching for another root might prove worthwhile.