Dubious bromanteau

Just reported by Larry Horn on ADS-L: brony.

That’s bro + pony (as in My Little Pony): a grown man who’s a fan of the television show and the toys. See “Meet ‘bronies’ — grown men who are fans of My Little Pony” (here) and “My Little Pony Corrals Unlikely Fanboys Known as ‘Bronies’” (here).

Apparently very big in Portland and Seattle, a fact that led Larry to suggest brony as a candidate for “least likely to succeed” in the Word of the Year competitions at the ADS meetings this January — in Portland.


3 Responses to “Dubious bromanteau”

  1. Tané Tachyon Says:

    I’ve heard the show is definitely very big with Portland college students.

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