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11. "RE: A few mecha related observations"
In response to message #9
 
   >> Why not make a proper new word. Where would we be if we went around
>>talking about dorses rather than mules?
>
>Well, leaving aside that a 'dorse' would probably be a hinny rather
>than a mule....
>
>Creating a portmanteau is a longstanding way of making a proper new
>word. You probably even use them all the time.

<snip>

*golf clap*

Wow, that's a bit of pedantry that even I would have to be having a really bad day to engage in. Particularly given that only some of those are portmanteaus; they are, however, examples of what were, at one time, neologisms, although many of those are such no longer.

In any event, liger and tigon are attested going back to the 1930s, at least (and the actual animals -- ligers, in particular -- have been documented back to 1798). Besides, if you want to take a dip in that pool, have a look at Wikipedia's list of Panthera hybrids, which includes liligers, litigons, lileguars, jagopards, and many more. (Kind of mind-blowing how many of these hybrids are fertile, too, for that matter.)


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   RE: A few mecha related observations Gryphonadmin May-24-14 1
      RE: A few mecha related observations GethN7 May-24-14 2
          RE: A few mecha related observations Terminus Est May-24-14 3
              RE: A few mecha related observations GethN7 May-25-14 5
                  RE: A few mecha related observations Gryphonadmin May-25-14 6
                      RE: A few mecha related observations rwpikul May-26-14 7
                          RE: A few mecha related observations Senji May-26-14 8
                              RE: A few mecha related observations rwpikul May-27-14 9
                                  RE: A few mecha related observations Gryphonadmin May-27-14 10
                                      RE: A few mecha related observations rwpikul May-27-14 12
                                          RE: A few mecha related observations Gryphonadmin May-27-14 13
                                 RE: A few mecha related observations laudre May-27-14 11
          RE: A few mecha related observations Gryphonadmin May-25-14 4
              RE: A few mecha related observations Croaker May-29-14 14
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