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sporf

noun; blending
An eating utensil that is a combination of a spoon, a fork, and a knife. An eating utensil that is a combination of a spoon, a fork, and a knife. The inseparability of the three blended elements suggests that it is able to function as all three of them equally well. The speaker was describing a hypothetical piece of silverware that would perform the tasks of a spoon, a fork, and a knife, and needed a name for it. Although these three words could be combined in a number of different ways, the fact that another neologism, ‘spork,’ has already existed in the language for quite some time influenced the outcome of the blend. Due to the existence of this word, the elements coming from ‘spoon’ and ‘fork’ were kept together, and the element coming from ‘knife’ had to be attached to the end of the word, because at the beginning it would have produced an unpronounceable consonant cluster for English.
 
It’s a spork and a knife. It’s a sporf!
Etymology : blend of ‘spoon’ + ‘fork’ + ‘knife’
Source : conversation with friend
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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