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RASTERBATOR

noun; sound symbolism
A service that takes images and enlarges them by making their pixels into small dots, somewhat similar to pointillism (I used the rasterbator to make these posters for my wall) The software in question takes an image and rasterizes it. The creators wished to specify a name for it that conveyed this idea. However, they also wanted to distinguish it from other software that might also rasterize images, and maybe to also convey the idea of enlarging the rasterized image. The word 'rasterbator' accomplished this, and gave the name of the software a slightly humorous tone. 'Raster' takes its original meaning from the Latin word 'rastrum', which means a rake. It originally referred to the horizontal lines of pixels used on a television or cathode ray tube to create an image. However, due to metonymic association, it became associated with pixels on the screen of such a device. 'Rasterize' is a verb formed from raster, meaning roughly to turn an image represented geometrically into an image represented as an array of points. In this case, the verb 'rasterbate' is used to mean 'rasterize'. This is almost certainly due to the similarity between the sounds of 'raster' and the sounds in 'masturbate'. The '-ate' indicates a verb form, while the filler 'b' is added by analogy with 'masturbate'. The '-or' suffix has its typical meaning of 'person or thing that does something.' So overall, the word means 'something that turns an image into a bunch of points'.
 
The rasterbator is a web service which creates huge, rasterized images...
Etymology : raster 'points' + b 'filler', possibly modeled after masturbate, or as sound symbolism + -ate 'V' + -or 'thing that does'
Source : http://homokaasu.org/rasterbator/
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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