Word nerds seeks "meta-core"-ellary
April 1, 2010 2:39 PM Subscribe
I'm a word nerd who likes fun words and this word I came across is fun to say and, at least to me, kind of new: mumblecore
That got me thinking -- what makes a "-core?"
I am interested in how generes of certain media are dubbed “-core.” Is there anything that makes a genre a “-core” genre and not it’s own suffix-free genre name? Why is “screamo” not “screamcore,” when we have “nerdcore,” “noisecore,” and “hardcore?” (more...)
“Screamo” sounds pretty “hardcore” to me, but mine are untrained ears I guess.
It’s one thing to collect fun new words, but another to discover emerging rules/methods upon which fun new words are coined. I’d love to know how “-cores” are determined.
Other fun “-cores” I’ve found to explore are:
easycore (is this an oxymoron?)
happy hardcore (another oxymoron?)
I do know that “Happy Hardcore” drives me up the wall as my teen daughter occasionally torments me with it. But it’d be nice to know how a genre gets its own name (like “Gabber”) vs. a “-core” name (why no “gabcore?”)
Maybe I will coin this inquiry “metacore” and myself “wordnerdcore.” I’ve got a new suffix and I am not afraid to use it…
But can you help me use it properly? And have I missed any fun "-core" words?