The Slang-Term, “Shopaholic”
(Yer-Inglish Sux!!! – Vol. 1)
This is a really stupid Slang Term which is used to describe a person who is addicted to shopping. The use of the pseudo-suffix “-aholic” is an example of a rather un-intelligent use of language, as it is taken from the word “Alcoholic” – commonly used to refer to a person who is addicted to drinking alcohol.
However, this is also wrong. The word “Alcoholic” – by definition (and I don’t mean the one in the dictionaries), describes a person’s physical condition rather than that person’s addiction.
The suffix “-ic” added to the word “alcohol” (or any word for that matter) describes: “Having the condition and/or qualities of that thing.” So a person who is “alcoholic” (not “AN” alcoholic) is a person who is saturated with, and suffering from the effects of alcohol.
Despite this rather simple and logical deduction from taking the meaning of a root-word and adding to it, the meaning and/or usage of a suffix… the colloquial usage, rather than the logical meaning, has “stuck”.
This is because, there have been so very many people through-out the years who have heard and used this and other similar terms (like “workaholic” and “chocoholic”) – that now, “-aholic” has become a widely accepted colloquial suffix to mean: “An Addiction”.
Okay Gary, calm down… it’s not that bad. But…
If you want to use English in a way that shows your level of intelligence, or at least in a way that masks your lack of it (just kidding 😀 ), then do not use this term, or any like it. It does not take any more effort to say…
Besides the grammatical error of the phrase, it is also assigning a condition to that individual’s identity, rather than simply making a statement about that person’s behavior. Something which only shows that you are not a very evolved individual… So, just don’t do it.
I hope that this first installment of “Yer Ing-Glish Sux!!!” has helped. Let me know if you have any questions about this or any other strange, weird, or illogical bits of English that don’t seem to make any sense. It may be that they suck too. And if-so… I’ll add them here.
Have An Excellent Day!