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fanzine

noun Blending
A nonprofessional and nonofficial magazine written and published by fans of a particular cultural phenomenon, like a movie or type of music.
 
A fan magazine is a commercially-published magazine made officially for fans. A magazine made by fans for fans needed a different term in order to distinguish itself from the official magazines. Instead of creating an entirely new word, the word coiner blended the two words that describe what it is and who it is for: “fan” and “magazine”, those same two words found in the other term. But the use of the new word “fanzine” allowed the two types of magazines to remain more clearly distinct.
Etymology : Blending of the root “fan” (likely a clipping of the word “fanatic”) and a clipping of the word “magazine.”
Source : “I have never read a fanzine before.” (friend, October 2011)
Last modified: 30 November 2011


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