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Topic: Name for trope where a name is partially obscured, so the thing is called that  (Read 88 times)

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For example, "Zardoz"  coming from an old statue that had "Wizard of Oz" on it and some of the letters had worn off, or a statue of George Washington being referred to as "Ashing" in "By the Waters of Babylon."

Typically, a character will approach the ancient ruins of something and see part of the name, or primitive peoples will be worshipping some pop culture ephemera and calling it by a partial name after a generic nuclear holocaust.

Those are the only examples I can think of off the top of my head. Apologies for using the t-word, but it seems appropriate here. Predictably, tvtropes itself is useless, and Zardoz's page does not have this listed on there. 

It would be useful to have as a piece of shorthand since it's fairly common. I will usually say "I got Zardozed" while watching tv with friends, but when discussing things informally with people who don't know me well, having a general one (if such a term exists) would be useful.

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Maybe it's because I spend my life reading government documents full of impossible to understand acronyms, but I really think that not everything needs to have a pithy name or a formal designation.
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Maybe it's because I spend my life reason government documents full of impossible to understand acronyms, but I really think that not everything needs to have a pithy name or a formal designation.
ASMR Succulent Chinese Meal + Sherman Tank, March 15, 2019, 09:47:26 pm
So it's a metroidvania.
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Maybe it's because I spend my life reason government documents full of impossible to understand acronyms, but I really think that not everything needs to have a pithy name or a formal designation.
ASMR Succulent Chinese Meal + Sherman Tank, March 15, 2019, 09:47:26 pm

Imma call it a V'goz

(V'ger + Zardoz)
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