Plathic, Sextonian, Trinidad-ish?

Writing group last night was peppered with such snarky academisms. I love neologisms. And googling them.

Apparently, google thought that I was trying to search for "plastic" with Plathic, although a couple of references to Sylvia did crop up, so am I to assume that this term is already in academic use? Sweet!

Sextonian was even more interesting, bringing up no (at least no immediate) reference to Anne; rather, to a term already appropriated by lawyers
after former NYU Law School Dean John Sexton (now President of NYU), [Sextonism] is a disease familiar to law faculty, in which a good school suddenly lapses in to uncontrolled and utterly laughable hyperbole in describing its faculty and accomplishments to its professional peers. The NYU alumni magazine, which was sent to all law faculty nationwide, was so plagued by Sextonism that a Stanford professor memorably dubbed it "law porn."
"Law porn"? Love it.

Some surnames are not quite as suited to academy-speak - I wonder how much names do impact their bearers' reception into the academic world, as parlance is so important to those scribblers of dusty missives upon missives to no one in particular.

My own surname would be something horrible when rendered as an -ism. Bellism? Bellic? Bellian? It sounds like a type of social disorder, or a school of minimalist design, or something related to the bowels. All of which is interesting and laughable concurrently.

Other names have far too many syllables, or seem so complete as to warrant a mispronunciation in order to add whatever -ism suffix is appropriate. Dickens, for example: DickENsian, which, oddly enough, is my favorite author-ism.

On an (almost) unrelated note, I'll be going to the CCC reading tonight, featuring none other than Mssrs. David Trinidad and Jeffery Conway, 5:30, 1014 S. Michigan Ave. I say (almost) as I think it's David's near-obsessive attention to detail which has led me on this little inroad of word-love, for which I am thankful!

And, lastly, a list of ecclesiastical abbreviations, courtesy of your favorite and mine. My favorite is D.M.S., or Diis Manibus Sacrum, which wikipedia lists as meaning "sacred to the manes [of]." Since my Latin is quite rusty, I thought at first that "manibus" was derived from "manus," or hand. But it actually refers to the souls of loved ones, apparently, and is derived, as are most things ecclesiastical, from Roman mythology. Also, they are a band from Trondheim, Norway, and a number of other things as well. Will the wonders of wikipedia never cease?


Vicar David said…
"Fleenerist"? Fleenerism?

I think I'll leave that one alone.

Although it's kind of catchy, in its own messed-up way.

And run far, far away from it.*

*Remember my etymology lesson from days of yore - "fleener"-"fleen"-"flee"

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