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LURPY

adjective; sound symbolism
Being tall, pale, sickly, uncoordinated, and inept at socialization; geeky, dorky, nerdy. Interpretation of intended meaning Generally fitting the stereotype of the clumsy male geek who has little experience with the outdoors or women Presumed reason for coinage The speaker was trying for a concise, all-encompassing, and colorful way to describe his subject. "Geeky", "nerdy", or "dorky" probably would've sufficed, but they were too worn out thanks to the name-calling between twelve-year-olds. Instead, a new word was fashioned with some sound symbolism from many words that had some smatterings of the image to be conveyed. Notes This word has two morphemes. LURP, though itself made-up, bears some phonetic resemblance to accepted words such as "slurp", "lurk", and "lurch." Each of these words contain some of the meaning designated by LURP. "Slurp" conveys of a less-than-graceful manner of action. "Lurk" suggests of staying the darkness and, more pointedly, away from society and/or sunlight. "Lurch" also relates a lack of coordination and grace. These ideas were very possibly the connotations that the user was reaching for, and those words were probably the ones he phonetically modeled his creation after. The -Y ending makes the word into an adjective.
 
He is just LURPY.
Etymology : [ made-up root LURP (with sound symbolism) and the -Y ending to make the word an adjective.]
Source : Overheard in conversation of one male sophomore of Lovett College referring to his roommate.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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