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Weaksauce

adjective; compounding
Lame, or pathetic; meaningless or pointless Apparent meaning, etymology, and type of word formation: “Weaksauce” can be interpreted to mean ‘lame’ or ‘pathetic.’ An interpretation of the individual words from the compound suggests the origins of this word. “Weak” comes from Old Norse veik-r, corresponding to the Old English wác, ‘lacking in fortitude or courage, wavering.’ “Sauce,” a somewhat liquid food mixture typically eaten with some other food, comes from the French word sauce, which also appears in Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian as salsa. In addition, popular Latin contained the form salsa, meaning ‘salted,’ suggesting that interestingly enough, salsa shares etymological history with the word “salad.” The original combination of these words most likely arose when the coiner associated “sauce” as often having strong, pungent flavors. In both Cajun and South and Central American cooking, for example, often cooks can make sauces for their foods that contain less spice (weaker, less powerful sauce) for those with more delicate palates, and the weak at heart, as some spicy food eating champions of today might assert. The combination of weaksauce would then come to mean a less spicy sauce. From there a shift in meaning through metonymy, in which a characteristic associated with the sauce takes on the representation of the word as a whole. In this case, society’s idea that those who cannot eat extremely spicy foods have a low tolerance for pain and are thus weak has been transferred to the extent that weaksauce no longer simply refers to food, and simply refers to something lame or pathetic. Possible reason used: In this case the coiner was comparing Facebook, an online networking website first made for college students to Facebook’s addition for high school students. The coiner believed that the second Facebook for high schoolers was a pathetic imitation of the “real Facebook” for college students, somewhat like a “pee-wee league” or a “me too” website for those who have not entered college yet. The noun weaksauce suggests that the high school Facebook will not have the same power as the original Facebook and is meaningless or pointless.
 
High School Facebook is Weaksauce!
Etymology : [compounding and metaphor from weak + sauce: “weak” < ON veik-r, corresponding to OE wác, ‘lacking in fortitude or courage, wavering,’ “sauce,” F. sauce, also Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and popular L. salsa]
Source : Rice Facebook group
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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