- n. Plural form of back-formation.
“Sundry creative back-formations, new words built from elements of preexisting ones, have been made from the word bikini.”
“Other back-formations, such as enthuse and liaise, inhabit a grey area of acceptability.”
“It also refers to the words themselves, so back-formations result from back-formation.”
“Regardless of how back-formations are formed, they are often initially considered to be irregular, even ignorant, and suitable only for informal use in slang or jokes.”
“Or The Columbia Guide to Standard American English on irregular common back-formations: coronate (v.) is a Nonstandard back-formation from the noun coronation, perhaps coined first as a jocular nonce word.”
“I confess to prejudice against nonstandard back-formations.”
“As far as the other criticisms in your comment creating barbarous back-formations, being a git, and living in southern California, I'm willing to plead guilty, even though I don't really know what a git is.”
“Many back-formations originate in college slang, e. g., prof for professor, prom for promenade, soph for sophomore, grad for graduate (noun), lab for laboratory, dorm for dormitory, plebe for plebeian.”
“Rattler for rattle-snake, pike for turnpike, draw for drawbridge, coon for raccoon, possum for opossum, cuss for customer, cute for acute, squash for askutasquashthese American back-formations are already antique; Sabbaday for Sabbath-day has actually reached the dignity of an archaism, as has the far later chromo for chromolithograph.”
“The Simpsons might not have coined gruntled, but they did contribute a few novel back-formations, e.g. Otto: “They call ‘em fingers but I never see ‘em fing!””
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