Tuesday, 5th August 2014

by Joshua Gaskell

Television is a well-known example of a word comprising a Greek combining form (tele-) and a Latin noun (vision), making it – in the eyes of a pedant – impure and a barbarism. (The television should really have been called by the fully Greek name telescope, if only that word hadn’t already been taken.) It occurs to me that the makers of a popular ’90s children’s series committed a similar solecism when they rejected the working title Tele-Endomorphs in favour of an ad hoc use of tubby.

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