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    Fo-Bros (Forgettable Brothers)

    luke-and-owen.jpgQuote:  “You know it’s a grim summer-movie season when mediocre rom-coms starring a Wilson brother open two weeks in a row. ” Movie review of “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” by Dana Stevens in Slate.

    Figure of Speech: apocope (a-PO-co-pee), the word compacter.

    For all you computer geeks, rom-com means romantic comedy, not  “read-only memory communication.”  The phrase joins two apocopes (“shorten”), a figure that kills the last part of a word.

    But rom-com is a particular kind of apocope, and one that’s increasingly popular.  It twins with a rhyming cut-off word, as in SoHo, lit crit (literary criticism), and Ab Fab (“Absolutely Fabulous,” darling).  So Figaro will just have to conjure a new figure:

    Henceforth, the term for consecutive rhyming abbreviated words is repcope (REP-cope), as in “repetitive cope.”  Yes, that mixes English with Greek.  But restaurants in London do it successfully, and so will Figaro.

    Snappy Answer:  “Mediocre” and “Wilson brother” are redundant.

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    Reader Comments (4)

    Repcope is so po-mo. . .
    July 24, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterDR
    OK, we give up. Translate "po-mo."
    July 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterFigaro
    Post modern?
    July 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJMack
    Sorry, I meant 'postmodern'?
    July 30, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJMack

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