/metəˌfôrˈt(y)o͞oitəs/ adj. the gleeful feeling that manifests in the curious communicator upon serendipitously stumbling upon a new word or phrase and learning its etymology, usage and derivative forms.
What is metaphortuitous?
Passionate about language and wordplay, Rachelle Drouin has always loved puns, metaphors and especially the portmanteau, a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others. The name metaphortuitous, therefore, is a clever portmanteau combining the words metaphor and fortuitous.
Have you ever wondered why some words are pronounced the way they are or how they entered the English language? What religious, social, economic or other factors helped shape the development of our language? This blog tackles these and lighter subjects.
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An alumna of the University of Alberta and a graduate of MacEwan University’s Public Relations program, Rachelle Drouin, BA (Hons), Dip PR, is a public relations professional and freelance writer currently residing in Edmonton, Alberta. She has written on contemporary women’s issues and feminism, design theory and art history, music, health and technology.
Born and raised in Alberta, Rachelle has been proud to call Edmonton home for more than 25 years. She has strong ties to this city, and she is forever awed and inspired by the vibrancy and resilience of its people, the diversity of its neighbourhoods and the richness of its cultural fabric. When not practising her music, writing, reading or gardening, she enjoys taking in the city’s many festivals and spending time with her wonderful husband Brian.
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