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Citogenesis

noun; blending
The process by which facts in wikipedia which are not cited are used in other sources. Subsequently, those sources are used as the wikipedia citation.
 
The word “citogenesis” sounds exactly like one of the words from which it is derived: cytogenesis, which describes the process of cells growing from other cells. I found it used in a comic strip, so it is intended to be a funny play on words. The creator of the comic was highlighting how unreliable wikipedia is as a source of information and how its use makes other sources less reliable. The concept that is being described is also very specific, so there was not another word for it. This term would probably only be used by people who are familiar with the webcomic XKCD, as it was recently created in one of those comics.
Etymology : Blending of the words citation and cytogenesis
Source : “Citogenesis step #1”
http://www.xkcd.com/978/
11/16/2011
Last modified: 5 December 2011


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