Thursday, September 06, 2007

Random Thoughts on the English Language #13: States of conjuction

I think at this point, pretty much everyone has heard the term "Californication", a (once) clever combination of California and fornication. I think I heard it first from Rick Majerus. Not to say he coined it, just thats where I heard it first. Its since been a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, and a TV show. But for some reason (okay, actually I was listening to "Walking in Memphis" and somehow the word "Memphysema" appeared in my mind), the other day I started thinking if there were other such combinations of locations and other words that might be cool to coin now before someone else beats me to them (ala Japanimation). So I pulled up a list of US States (gotta start somewhere, right?), and here's what I've come up with so far:

Delawareness (I'm not Del-aware enough to know what they are more aware of there)
Illinoying
Oklahomicide (Evokes thoughts of the bombing, no?)
Texecution (I'll be surprised if no one ever has used this one before)
Virgingivitis
West Virgingivitis (Are teeth required for gingivitis?)
Wisconsinants (I think they get more made fun of for their Wisconsivowels)

Ok, so my curiosity got the better of me and I found all of these except for the virgingivitis ones on Google. Next time I'll take a world map and see what else comes to mind.

3 comments:

Sakievich said...

how about Utahnsillitis or Utonsillitis?

Geobadger said...

The Conan Obrien show once did a segment on the new Delaware spokesman for their department of tourism - Awareness Del. "Making people aware of Delaware." I thought Memphysema was good though did that google search out?

j said...

Yeah, Memphysema was already out there.