Earlier this week, the
Daily Mail posed a characteristically burning question;
The end of the mobile phone AND the tablet: Will 2013 be
the year of the 'phablet'? I shuddered when reading this.
Why, oh why, is someone trying to bring 'phablet'
into my life? It sounds grotesque.
Now, before I go on, I appreciate that the media and marketing
industries are at fault in this. Still, the increasing trend for
smashing two words together and being forcefully pleased with the
consequences has, I feel, been getting out of hand for a while.
We need to take hold of it before we all claim undue
Shakespearean genius with words and end up talking our own very
special brand of gobbledegook such that all effective chat ceases
Ok, perhaps that's a little dramatic…
Nevertheless, I feel very strongly that we cannot just go around
inventing bad words for the hell of it, even if the root is two
recognisable and widely-used words. I've been enlightened as to a
few more today (including the retch-worthy
'infotainment') and a little part of me died
inside. Come on folks, let's use the beautiful language we have a
little better first, before we get too carried away with our
own DIY hatchet jobs on it.
I leave you with an ever-useful F.R.I.E.N.D.S reference.
Chandler once asked; "what's with the word "y'all" - can we all
just do that? If so, your new poodle could be your NOODLE and fried
chicken would be FRICKEN - 'Excuse me waiter I'll have the
fricken!'" Even he saw how ridiculous this tendency has become.
So, why don't we start the year with a portmanteau amnesty? Own
up - what crimes against language have you committed?
here for a lovely history into portmanteaus (and, therefore, an
explanation of the image used here).