Weekend Word Wrap: junctural metanalysis

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Junctural metanalysis: sounds like a Jungian term, eh? "Der patient iz prezently undergoing junctural metanalysiz in order zo zat ve might determine vhy he iz vetting bed."

Actually it's the blurring of boundaries between two words wherein new ones are created.

The best example I can provide is our word nickname. Once it was actually called an eke-name, or, an "extra" name. You might recognize the word eke from "eking out a living"—or stretching, supplementing.
But it's hard to say "an eke name" because of the article an. So, over time, the n from an elided with eke and nekename was born.

My wife has an aunt named Anna but as a child, she had a tough time saying "aunt Anna." So my wife started calling her aun Tanna, which eventually became aunt Dana. To this day, everyone calls her Dana.

Anyone have an example of junctural metanalysis from your own life? As always, we'd love to hear "˜em. I'll leave you with a few more...

  • an ewt = newt
  • a napron=an apron (it works backwards too!)
  • an auger = nauger
  • an umpire = Noumpere

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January 5, 2007 - 4:00am
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