analogy of another word

epistolario

Senior Member
Tagalog
This is just a hypothetical example. A group of non-native speakers in a particular community starts using the word cellnap because they think that the word exists. For them it is the term used when your cell phone is stolen. They reason that if the word kidnap exists, then cellnap must also exist. <He was a victim of cellnap yesterday.>

Suppose you are their English teacher. Is it all right to use the word analogy in this context?

The word cellnap, which is an analogy of kidnap, cannot be found in the dictionaries and it is not used by native English speakers.
 
  • Myridon

    Senior Member
    English - US
    No, the word is analogous to kidnap or formed by analogy with kidnap.
    (For what it's worth, if he was the victim of a kidnapping, I would assume that he was stolen.)
     
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