Splinter-tastic!

A splinter is a fragment of a word, broken along boundaries that do not coincide with morpheme edges, that begins to combine more-or-less freely with other roots. In time it may develop into a true affix or bound root, independent of its source. Some found examples below:


Baking-ocalypse:

bakingocalypse

I’ll argue that -ocalypse has recently taken on a life of its own and become common enough for bakingocalypse, like snowpocalypse and its other relatives, to no longer be considered simple portmanteaux.


-tastic:

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dorktastic, funtastic, craptastic, asstastic, et al.


-licious:

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Bonus for Neil-tastic and (non-splinter) Neilism.


-tastic, but cuter:

porgtastic.png


tacular:

squidtacular.png

 


-ception:

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Ever since the movie Inception, anything recursive is now X-ception. See also train-ception, frog-ception, Russian-stacking-doll-ception, etc. (Thanks, Urban Dictionary. I swear I’ve heard better examples in the wild, but I’ve lost track by now.)

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