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Palicain

proper noun; blending
Refers to the 2008 Republican Party’s ticket, with John McCain running for president and Sarah Palin as his running mate. This neologism combines both nominees' names into one word.
 
Although it is hard to see on paper, when spoken out loud this neologism is meant to be pronounced like the existing noun “pelican.” This explains its popularity; if someone wishes to discuss John McCain and Sarah Palin, all that is required is one word rather than their full names. Given the pair’s popularity during election season, a quick way to refer to them is necessary.
Etymology : Blend of “Palin” and “McCain.”
Source : Friend, October 2008. “Are you voting for PaliCain?”
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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