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Volleyballicious

adjective; blending
Full or overflowing with volleyball; distinguished by large amounts of volleyball. The ending ‘licious’ means ‘full of, as in overly juicy or ripe,’ from the word ‘delicious.’ While volleyball is not necessarily ripe, ‘volleyballicious’ gives the impression of ‘dripping with volleyball’ or ‘overflowing with volleyball.’ Adding ‘licious’ to a noun changes the meaning to ‘full of the noun.’ This purpose of this unique word formation is to draw attention to the word and lead the reader into the information about the volleyball game. The first half of the word alerts the reader into the nature of the calendar item and the second half adds an unexpected twist of fun. Since the word ‘volleyball’ was not clipped in this blend, it is very clear what the word is advertising, which is helpful to a reader who may be scanning the page.
 
Read in the Rice Thresher on October 21, 2005 in the calendar section. The word was the title of a blurb advertising a home volleyball game. The Thresher often uses neologisms in this section of the newspaper to highlight particular events.
Etymology : Blend of ‘volleyball’ and ‘licious’ (linked by the ‘l’). The ‘licious’ portion can be added to nouns to mean ‘full of' the root word.
Source : The Thresher
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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