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Calcapalooza

noun; blending
celebration after passing a difficult calculus test ('the class had a calcapalooza') This person was trying to express his relief and joy at having done particularly well on a difficult test. Here, 'lollapalooza' doesn't have quite the meaning that the dictionary gives it. In this instance, it is being used as the name of the large touring rock concert of the same name (which uses the word in its dictionary sense-a particularly remarkable example of that type of music), i.e. more to convey the celebratory, party atmosphere that the concert brings. This word was then blended with 'calculus' to clarify just what was being celebrated.
 
I'm having a calcapalooza!
Etymology : blend of 'calculus' + 'lollapalooza'
Source : conversation with University of Texas sophomore
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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