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Pancakeified

verb; analogy
Squashed flat like a pancake (‘the sandwich in her backpack had been pancakeified’) Apparent meaning, etymology, and type of word formation: “Pancakeified” means “squashed flat like a pancake.” It is used for something that is normally more three dimensional that has been squished and flattened. This formation occurred through analogy, by taking the ending from adjectives such as “countrified” and applying it to this new word. It applies knowledge of the phrase “squashed flat like a pancake” takes the key word, pancake, and adds the verb ending “-ify”, a form of the suffix –fy (with filler i), originating from Latin –ficāre, originally a derivative of the adjectives with -fic-us, meaning ‘to bring into a certain state.’ This verb ending is then modified with the participle forming “-ed” from Old English –ede and the Old Teutonic type -ôđjo-, originally added to nouns to form adjectives. The word “pancake” itself is a compound of the words “pan” and “cake” and also has relations to words in Middle Dutch pankoeke, pannecoeke, pannekoeke, Old Saxon (diminutive) pannokōkelīn, Old High German pfankuohho, pfannakuohho (Middle High German phankuoche, German Pfannkuchen), and Old Danish pannækaghe. Possible reason used: The coiner took an idea that can be expressed in several words and more vividly expressed the idea in a single word. The word calls to mind more vivid imagery along with the English expression “squashed like a pancake” than the more common adjective, squashed. It also suggests a slight hint of relation to the word “fossilized,” indicating a hardened, less tasteful, perhaps bent out-of-shape state to describe the object.
 
Oh dear, my sandwich has become pancakeified!
Etymology : analogy to adjectives like “countrified”, “-ified” meaning ‘brought to a certain state’ from –fy (with filler i) > L. –ficāre, derive. of adjs. with -fic-us, ‘to bring into a certain state.’ modified with the participle forming “-ed” < OE –ede and Old Teut. type -ôđjo- with “pancake” < Middle Dutch pankoeke, pannecoeke, pannekoeke, Old Saxon (diminutive) pannokōkelīn, Old High German pfankuohho, pfannakuohho (Middle High German phankuoche, German Pfannkuchen), and Old Danish pannækaghe
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Last modified: 10 June 2008


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