Don’t have a cacao, man

Last fall, I quoted one Skullturf Q. Beavispants on a lexicographical matter:

[I]t would be kind of silly to say that therefore coinages like “chocoholic” are illegitimate or wrong. It would be a little like saying the expression “the algorithm” is wrong because the “al” in “algorithm” historically comes from a definite article, making the “the” redundant.

Or, at the very least, the time to object to “chocoholic” would have been when the word was first being used. Now that it’s caught on, it’s too late.

Our beloved Redneck Diva begs to differ with Mr Beavispants:

If someone wanted to declare themselves addicted to chocolate they would be a chocolatic. Or perhaps a chocolic. A person who likes to shop is a shoppic.

Make note of it.

Duly noted.

(“If someone wanted to declare themselves?” Let’s see who picks the better nits.)


  1. sya »

    7 March 2009 · 9:01 am

    “The algorithm” and other bits of linguistic redundancy reminded me of this.

  2. McGehee »

    7 March 2009 · 9:55 am

    As far as redundancy goes, the one that always sets me off is when people speak of “the Sierra Nevada Mountains” or “the Sierra Nevada Range.”

    Even the Sons of the San Joaquin — who, being from central California if their name is to be believed — walk a little too close to the line by singing of “the Sierra Nevadas.”

    Of course, looking too deeply into the etymology hoists me on my own petard, since “sierra” came to mean mountain range only because it means “serrated” or “saw-toothed,” which is an adjective rather than a noun.

  3. SnoopyTheGoon »

    7 March 2009 · 12:41 pm

    I am addicted to chocolate and prefer to call self “coconut”.

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