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The Vogue for Portmanteau Words (Stupravity)

An earlier post (March 9, 2012) was an aperçu of the subject of blends or portmanteau words, for which there is now a decided vogue, especially in advertising and the media. In the spirit of this trend, here is a coinage––stupidity + depravity––that will perhaps gain some notoriety when the book that introduces it, A Word Paints a Thousand Pictures: The Consolation of Philosophy in the Age of Stupravity, is published in the near future.

Your humble blogger’s first foray into the sloughs of social criticism brings an ancient genre to bear on the moral topography of twenty-first-century America and consists of an imaginary dialogue between Confucius and Boethius (the influential Latin philosopher [ca. 480–524 or 525 AD]), moderated by Lady Philosophy. No mean task.

MICHAEL SHAPIRO

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