One of my biggest peeves is the media creating ghastly and unnecessary new words that are mash-ups of two perfectly good words. We have had abominations such as ‘snowcalypse’ and ‘snowmageddon’ for what could be more simply described as a severe snow storms, and ‘staycation’ to denote a vacation spent at home. I am sure there have been many others in the past that I have deliberately driven out of my memory because I despise them.
But is there an uglier word than Thanksgivukkah, coined this year simply because the Hanukkah holiday happens to coincide with Thanksgiving? Does any ordinary person ever use this term?
There is nothing wrong with neologisms that emerge naturally from the ground up as a part of the normal growth and evolution of language. But these are not of that variety. They are purely media creations and utterly artificial. Stop it, media people. However smugly you may say it, such neologisms are neither clever nor useful but merely grating to the ears.