What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

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What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Diomedes » 02 Aug 2012, 17:45

I thought it was just a name of a forum... but I get here and I'm seeing it embedded in names of places around town. What does it mean?
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby jimipresley » 02 Aug 2012, 17:48

Diomedes wrote:I'm seeing it embedded in names of places around town.

Ah! Stewart Pendous has been busy. Good job!


OP. You're seeing "Formosa", not "Forumosa". :wink:
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Diomedes » 02 Aug 2012, 18:28

Republic of Formosa. Got it. Thank you!


Any relation to the forum name?
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Mucha Man » 02 Aug 2012, 18:30

Diomedes wrote:Republic of Formosa. Got it. Thank you!


Any relation to the forum name?


It's a forum on Formosa, the old name for Taiwan.

Forum+Formosa=Forumosa.
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Zla'od » 02 Aug 2012, 18:45

"Formosa" refers to formic acid, because the island's volcanic cones led the Portuguese to believe that Taiwan was inhabited by the giant ants they had read about in Herodotus. That's why they never colonized it. They simply marked it on their charts with the poison symbol, and the label "danger! Formic acid!" hence the name.
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Dragonbones » 02 Aug 2012, 21:06

It's a portmanteau, as MM explains.
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Incubus » 02 Aug 2012, 21:20

Dragonbones wrote:It's a portmanteau, as MM explains.

Portmanteau? You mean a blend. :ponder:
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby Dragonbones » 02 Aug 2012, 22:10

Incubus wrote:
Dragonbones wrote:It's a portmanteau, as MM explains.

Portmanteau? You mean a blend. :ponder:


Same thing (as I understand it).
Wiki wrote:"Portmanteau word" is used to describe a linguistic blend, namely "a word formed by blending sounds from two or more distinct words and combining their meanings."[4] ....a portmanteau word is typically formed by combining two or more existing words that all relate to a singular concept which the portmanteau word is meant to describe, such as Spanish and English, into Spanglish.


A Formosa-oriented forum is such a singular concept, which the portmanteau or blend "Forumosa" is meant to describe, and it combines both their sounds and meanings.
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby louisfriend » 02 Aug 2012, 22:24

Don't listen to all the rumors about this forum's name. The simple truth is this: the founder dedicated this site to his beloved wife Umosa
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Re: What does the word "Forumosa" mean?

Postby GuyInTaiwan » 02 Aug 2012, 22:59

I thought it was for his ex-wife, Osa. "I created this forum for...um...Osa. That's right, Osa. That's her name."
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