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manbiguous

adjective; blending
Definition: describing a male whose behavior makes others question his sexual orientation, or whether he is gay or straight.
 
This neologism interestingly takes a word and un-assimilates it. Whereas “ambiguous” has the same place of articulation in the mouth (the letters m and b both used closed lips), the addition of the word “man” reverses this assimilation. Still, it is catchy since it is a quicker way to refer to an ambiguous man. Also, “man” and “am-“ rhyme and are similar enough to blend together.
Etymology : Blend of “man” and “ambiguous.”
Source : Friend, November 22, 2008. “I like him, but he’s pretty manbiguous.”
Last modified: 5 December 2008


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