Announcing a Word
Some of my friends and I like to try our hand at neology, and this is
often done by committee. I've decided a recent creation really ought
to be blogged, since it's so appropriate to bloggery. The word iscyberhypercavicunicucunctatalinkus
You know what cyber
, and link
refer to. cavi
means holes, andcuniculus
means rabbit. (There's a bit of an abbreviation going on
comes from cunctation
, meaning the act of
procrastinating or delaying. This is a word for the act of jumping down internet rabbit holes, following one link to another, with overtones of procrastination.
It seems the a
rhymes with gavel,
rhymes with MUNI (the transit system, not the sanskrit
word for sage), the first u
rhymes with kangaroo and the second syllable (cunc
) rhymes with funk
There's also a song that goes with this:
It's that common, modern vice that's surely going to sink us.
Still, the only decadence at which no one will blink is:
If your productivity has sunk into stagnation,
And little seems to manifest when seated at your station,
Yet esoteric trivia can fill you with elation,
Watch out for... cyberhyper-cavicuni-cucunc-tata-tation!
I'm sure you can guess the tune. Hint: I am an enthusiastic fan of Dick Van Dyke.
Concept, pronunciation & first known public usage
: Scott K. McCormick (webpage coming soon!). Rabbit hole roots: Saheli S. R. Datta
. Major morphology & song: F. Emily Cooper
. General guidance as to which direction we should move the word in & final editing: Brian Gerke
. Absolutely no help at all*: Colin F. McCormick
Please use this word liberally, link generously, suggest more verses for the song, and sing at will. Thank you very much.
---*Well, okay, clarification of credits after some confusing Gmail threading--hence this amendment.