Talk:Words Ending in -o

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[edit] TBD Discussion

In response to this tbd tag, and as the person who rescued this from the sandbox, I'd like to be the first to post my argument against the need for a tbd tag. I think's objection revolves around coherence of these examples. And I believe that the article's description makes the context pretty clear: the word has to be made-up (not a popular term or name; nor a word in the English dictionary) and the word has to end in a "long o".

Off the top of my head, I know of no words that end with an "o", let alone a "long o" (except maybe the word "no" and the neologism "info"). There are words that sound like it like "glow", "blow", "flow" but they all end in "-w". (Even "plow" doesn't sound like a long "o".) Point is, this construction is very rare in English.

Where it is not rare is in Romance languages (particularly Spanish and Italian) and adding an "-o" to an otherwise familiar English term or name makes the term sound foreign and exotic. Furthermore, if it's not made to sound exotic the "long o" at the end adds emphasis, like "Wham-O" and "Blubb-O's". This makes the word itself easy to notice and hard to forget. Hence it's extensive use in marketing which is, by extension, parodied by TBC.

Thus, while I don't think there is any need to delete the article, there is definitely room for improvement and/or organization. It may be beneficial to distinguish between the "Romance" and the "marketing" constructions. It's possible some words fall under both. This should help alleviate the cohesiveness issue raised. --Stux 11:44, 7 June 2024 (UTC)

I think you guys are overthinking it. Homestar Runner is brimming with funny talk, and it's funny to put -o at the end of words or to create nonsense words that sound similar to real ones. Why, I do it all the time! When I'm grumpy, I like to say that I'm a "grumbalo". Try it sometime. -- 03:05, 8 June 2024 (UTC)
I'm in favor of the page, but I'd just like to say: Go. So. Bozo. Hero. Halo. Silo. Veto. Zero. Trio. Cameo. Audio. Banjo. Bingo. Disco. Hello. Lasso. Jumbo. Limbo. Macho. And so forth. --Jay (Talk) 06:47, 8 June 2024 (UTC)
@ — overthinking things is my M.O. so I default to that when defending pages I like :) But it's a good point that this is funny talk!
@Jay — that's a lot of words used in the English language that end in a long o! I do want to point out that Macho comes from Spanish (as does lasso). Disco is French. And limbo originates from latin. The place that is, likely not the dance. I thought banjo may have had French roots, but I guess not. Also Cameos are a kind of cookie I haven't had in a long time! That last one isn't relevant, but I wanted to include it anyway! My real point is: I think language in general is interesting and more so English for its frequent adoption of foreign terms! And that's a lot of English words ending in a long o that I hadn't thought of. Thanks Jay! --Stux 22:06, 10 June 2024 (UTC)
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