So Latin, Greek, and Old English walk into a bar...
May 23, 2015 1:43 PM   Subscribe

Sometime in the last several months I found a post on a site I'd never been to before that shared a word made up by the author.

It had combined Latin, Greek, and (I think) Old English root words as components, and the word itself meant something self-referential like "having mixed up root words in different languages," or something clever like that. I think it was 15-20 letters or so long.

My dad and I were talking about this the other day, and I know he would love it if I could just find it. But I'm determined not to tell him about it the way I normally tell jokes.

PS: The best I could find from MetaFilter and Google was macaronic. I guess that's the idea, but it didn't help me find the word.
posted by dubadubowbow to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Are you looking for the website or the word? If website, this sounds sort of like The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
posted by kingfishers catch fire at 2:11 PM on May 23, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: The word, but it might have been there. I'll be looking.
posted by dubadubowbow at 2:57 PM on May 23, 2015

"Heteroradical," "multirhizoid," "polylingual compound," and "heterolingual compound" are suggested on this stackexchange thread.
posted by LobsterMitten at 8:52 PM on May 23, 2015 [2 favorites]

Response by poster: Getting there. These are helpful, though.
posted by dubadubowbow at 4:30 AM on May 25, 2015

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