I’m a Gnomenphomaniac

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[2022-03-08 Tue 19:34] - 7981

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GNOMENPHOMANIA (noun):

The unnecessary urge to name novel abstractions

- etymology: gnosis + nomen + ...
- nō-mən-fə-ˈmā-nē-ə
- One's proneness for the same increases with 
  increasing desire to sound extremely unfamiliar
- eg: That wannabe-esotericist is such a gnomenphomaniac

Over the past few years, reading fairly diversely, I’ve had a few realizations regarding the evolution of, and the nature of nomenclature pertaining to a domain.

For new domains that do not stand on the shoulders of existing domains, the joy of coining most of the jargon is enjoyed by the founders.

If you happen to read the founders’ literature as your introduction to the subject - you’ll have a good time as they build the subject from scratch and would naturally accept the development of the domain.

However, if a modernized introduction does not take care to retain the developmental thoughts of the founder - the abstractions that the domain introduces do not come that easy. I, at least, tend to be resistant to accepting and remembering the abstraction. It’s just a name for me. Consequently, the style of books I prefer introduce the abstraction with previously known abstractions only later dropping the “called” bomb - almost as if it was inconsequential.

Undigressing1, I’ve grown immune to the effect of seeing a previously unseen word - it is truly just a place holder for an abstraction - no more and no less.

I happen to chance upon abstractions of phrasal/sentencial/paragraphal (these words don’t exist, yet) extent extremely frequently and do definitely enjoy having my own way with my words.

Consolidating, I’m a gnomenphomaniac and that explains my fascination with crafting novel words.

This is exactly how I intend to proceed with the theory of agnostic perspectivism: to be so ludicrously verbose when stating an abstraction that the reader is forced to grasp the abstraction instead of simply parting with the word.

  1. a handy neologism 

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