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scigov

adjective; blending and clipping
science and government Similar to Musi and Archi at Rice University, students at University of Texas at Austin blended and clipped terms to make their majors easier to say. My friend is considering a double major in science and government; instead of saying, “I am a double majoring in science and government,” she can say, “I am a scigov double major.” It is a lot quicker to say. It is a rather strange combination, but it describes two majors. Each university has their own terms for describing majors, courses, etc. At this point, I predict that the term scigov is confined to the UT Austin community. However, it is a simple term that can be used at other universities offering these majors. It is possible that scigov is being used around the United States in universities. The coinage of these terms is most likely by students who see it as a quick way to say what they want. They don’t realize that the word will become popular and spread throughout their community and even further. The uses of terms like scigov are limited to their respective community. These students will not use these terms outside of their community. Instead they will use the appropriate terms to describe their major. Until it becomes widely spread or easily understood, they will have to limit their usage to the area where is widely used.
 
I might be a scigov double major.
Etymology : blend and clipping of sci(ence) + gov(ernment)
Source : friend at UT Austin
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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