Quote: "Lobbyists were trolling for hurrigains almost before New Orleans flooded." Term used in Pseudodictionary.com, a site dedicated to made-up words
Figure of Speech: neologism (NEE oh loh gism), the new word
What’s a $200 billion hurricane windfall with no oversight? That kind of money merits its very own word, so we submitted "hurrigain" to Pseudodictionary, a website that boasts more than 20,000 neologisms.
Three easy ways to coin a neologism:
- Base it on a name (a figure called an eponym)
- Change a part of speech (an anthimeria)
- Combine two words in a punning fashion. That's what we did here.
Snappy Answer: "And we'll call no-bid contractors villainaires."
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