For about a week now, every time I've used the Technorati ping form I've seen two ads urging me to
Maximimize your advertising revenue.
Am I the only one who's noticed that extra syllable in "maximize" and wondered whether it's intentional?
It could be intentional, you know. Blame Homer Simpson.
For proof, I give you Alan C. L. Yu of the University of Chicago's department of linguistics. Yu's copiously footnoted "Reduplication in English Homeric Infixation," presented in
2005 (?) 2003 (thanks, Q. Pheevr!), assigns a scholarly name to Homer's habit of inserting a syllable (an infix) into words of three or more syllables such as telephone and saxophone, which become telemaphone and saxomaphone, respectively.
What--you think this is trivial stuff? Just wait till you get to the part about "serious implications on the interpretation of schwa epenthesis." Hoo-boy. It's quite an edumacation.
Update, July 26: The Technorati ads now say "Maximize." You think the Technoraticians read Fritinancy?