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Nanaism

noun; analogy
An often humorous error in speech, particularly that made by a grandmother, but now the term can be more generalized. The derivational process was fundamentally one of analogy based off the familiar term, “Bushism,” used to describe often humorous errors in speech made by President George W. Bush. In an analogous manner, this term refers to humorous errors made by my grandmother and has now undergone generalization to mean similar errors made in speech, particularly that of elderly family members. The term is used primarily among my family and does not seem to be spreading farther. “Nana” is a rather arbitrary family name for grandmother. Example Nanaism: “I don’t have blood pressure." [Instead of I don’t have high blood pressure]
 
You’re using lots of Nanaisms today.
Etymology : The word was derived from the addition of the suffix –ism to the end of the root proper noun, Nana 'grandmother.' The suffix, –ism, refers to a unique aspect or abnormal state, comes from the Greek –ismos.
Source : Family conversation
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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