Look. If Lewis Carroll (the author of the famous Alice in Wonderland books) could invent words such as chortle, galumphing and jabberwocky–words that have now become part of standard everyday usage–then I want my chance at immortality as well.
In that spirit, I offer the following term that evolved naturally out of a conversation with a female friend who is encountering some difficulty in making herself understood. Her opponent in this instance is a particularly implacable and arrogant male authority figure, but in truth this word has many useful applications and could work in any number of contexts.
Here, then, is the new coinage.
Ma-tron-ize |ˈmātrəˌnīz, ˈma-|
verb [requires an obj.]; feminine form of patronize, only better
- to treat with an exaggerated kindness that betrays a feeling of superiority
- to speak slowly, carefully and in very simple language when conversing with a complete and utter moron
- to accomplish the above with queenly dignity, grace and majesty
There’s my contribution to the English language. Long may it live.
Just remember you read it here first.