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voluntell

verb; blending overlap blending
to volunteer a guy to be girl's date to a formal dance by telling him to ask her
 
Voluntell is a blending of volunteer and tell, combining the elements of volunteering a guys to be a girl's date and telling him to ask her. It was first used by Agape Christian Ministries socials committee to describe the action of making a guy ask a girl to the Agape Winter Formal. It was done to make sure that all the girls in Agape would have a date to the formal. The word is still primarily used in the context of the Winter Formal, but has widened to other formals and events (that require dates) as well. It is primarily used my members of Agape or its socials committee at Rice University.
Etymology : Voluntell is a blending of volunteer and tell, with an overlap of te. Volunteer is from Middle French voluntaire, 'voluntary,' which is from Latin voluntarius, 'voluntary.' It was originally used in the military services as one who offers himself for service and was first used in a non-military sense in 1638. The verb was zero-derived from the noun in 1755. Tell comes from Old English tellan 'to reckon, consider,' which is from Proto-Germanic taljanan 'to mention in order,' form base talo 'to narrate, relate.' It means 'to make known by speech.'
Source : "He voluntold him to ask her out to the formal." (friend, November, 2008)
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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