“Look, honey—a company that recommends vacations for couples!”
“Wait—Twocation is a blend of ‘two’ and ‘vacation,’ isn’t it?”
Sorry, Mr. and Mrs. Vacationer. In defiance of logic and normal English pronunciation conventions, Twocation is a blend of “Twitter” and “location.” It’s an app that shows you where in the world your Twitter followers are. I’m guessing that David Barker, the app’s creator, wants us to rhyme the first O with “woe.”
Well, good luck with that! Because if you speak English, I’m willing to bet money that you’ll see “twocation” as two plus the suffix -cation. If you’re a scientist, you might start speculating about dual cations. Otherwise, you’ll probably think a “twocation” is the latest playful spin on “vacation,” after staycation, daycation, selfcation, mancation, gaycation, naycation, and shave-cation.
And you’ll definitely read that first syllable as two.
That’s because the only English word that starts with t-w-o is, in fact, two, which—also in defiance of logic and normal pronunciation conventions, but with centuries of history on its side—rhymes with “true.” We just don’t have any precedent in the language for a “two-” word in which the W is pronounced and the vowel is long.
Lots of Twitter apps and add-ons have had names that begin with TW: Twhirl, Twidroid, Twitterzon, Twistori, Twitpic. Some of the names are silly, but for sheer getting-in-its-own-way-ness, none of them beats Twocation.
(Hat tip: Mary Sullivan.)