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  •  It's your agenda, except that you keep it a (1+ / 0-)
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    dark dirty secret. ^_^ Like using tax cuts, small government, and States' Rights as Dog Whistles for cutting social programs and any other measures for hurting Blacks. Or whatever jollies trolls get.

    Derivation: Portmanteau of alternate ulterior-motivated agenda.

    As Lewis Carroll himself explained about the origin of portmanteau words (words containing parts of two or more others, like objects in a suitcase, which is what a portmanteau was in his time),

    Humpty-Dumpty's theory, of two meanings packed into one word like a portmanteau, seems to me the right explanation for all.

    For instance, take the two words "fuming" and "furious." Make up your mind that you will say both words, but leave it unsettled which you will say first. Now open your mouth and speak. If your thoughts incline ever so little towards " fuming," you will say "fuming-furious;" if they turn, by even a hair's breadth, towards "furious," you will say "furious-fuming;" but if you have the rarest of gifts, a perfectly balanced mind, you will say "frumious."

    Supposing that, when Pistol uttered the well-known words--

    "Under which king, Bezonian? Speak or die!"

    Justice Shallow had felt certain that it was either William or Richard, but had not been able to settle which, so that he could not possibly say either name before the other, can it be doubted that, rather than die, he would have gasped out "Rilchiam!"

    Preface to The Hunting of the Snark

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 09:26:15 AM PDT

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    •  Lol... I wasn't going all "Carroll..." (0+ / 0-)

      I misspelled the word and hit the send button before I realized it. But I kinda figured most people would know what I was talking about.

      Thanks for the explanation of "Portmanteau" though. I've been known to do it a time or two before but never realized there was an actual word for doing it outside of perhaps, "idiosyncrasy" or "foible."

      Learn something new everyday. lol

      "That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history." ~ Aldous Huxley

      by markthshark on Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:27:17 PM PDT

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