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Honestly, not trying to sound accusatory, just curious... 
20th-Jul-2012 01:08 am
Does anyone reading this unironically use pairing smush-names? I'm going to try really hard not to judge you if you explain to me why. Why do you do this? Is it super quick? Is it because it engenders a feeling of community? Is it because everyone else does? Is it simply because it makes tagging and whatnot easier on the interwebs? I have never really understood.
19th-Jul-2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
I think the only pairing I still smush unironically is Sparrington. One, because it is quicker with names like theirs. Two, It does have a nice ring to it. Three, I think it's a nostalgia/community feelings thing.

Off the top of my head I can't think of any other pairing I still do it for.

And for the record, I hate the Person of Interest name smushes! "Rinch"? Sounds like something that would happen if you pull a muscle.

"Careese"? Isn't that how a Bostonian says "crease"?
19th-Jul-2012 03:51 pm (UTC)

I'm glad I'm not the only one who cringes when I see Rinch...
20th-Jul-2012 07:21 am (UTC)
You know what? 'Sparrington' never annoyed me either, when I found out what it meant. It was the one portmanteau that didn't make me want to snarl.

... people in Person of Interest fandom smush Reese and Finch into 'Rinch'? Really? Really? Do not even get me started on Careese.
20th-Jul-2012 02:25 pm (UTC)
Just saw Steve/Tony get smushed into "Stony"

I want to hurt something.
19th-Jul-2012 03:52 pm (UTC)

Don't like them, never have, never use them. Nine times out of ten they seem like more effort than they're worth anyway.

... although they amuse me no end.

I was particularly delighted to find out that Scotty/Bones was Scones. *g*
20th-Jul-2012 07:22 am (UTC)
Yes, except that I am singularly without humour about ALL of them. Even 'Spork' and 'Kock'.
19th-Jul-2012 05:31 pm (UTC)
I generally only use them as a joke, but sometimes I hear it so many times I start to use it without entirely realizing.
20th-Jul-2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Ooh, which ones do you use without realising?
20th-Jul-2012 10:40 am (UTC)
I actually can't remember right now. I haven't had much to do with shippy bits of fandoms lately.
19th-Jul-2012 10:52 pm (UTC)
There's only one fandom I participate in where they use portmanteaux *points* and that's the only place where I'll use them unironically, but only when talking to fen who also use them. I won't even use them when talking to my daughter about fanfic for that show. (And my favorite pairing shares a portmanteau with two other pairings, one very popular, so I have to tread carefully amongst the fic.)
20th-Jul-2012 07:24 am (UTC)
Oh? Which is that?
20th-Jul-2012 02:44 pm (UTC)
I like Gibbs/ Fornell, which given the awkwardness of using either Jethro or Tobias in a portmandeau and the oddness of "Fibbs" has ended up as Tibbs, just like the extremely popular Tony / Gibbs and the less-liked Tim / Gibbs.

This example in itself is a good reason not to use portmanteaux at all, IMO.
20th-Jul-2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Smushnames are a blight and should be eradicated from the face of the earth and all outreaches of fandom that they have infested. This includes the few that I actually like, in the name of NOT being a hypocrit.

In fact, I recently did a Tumblr post to this effect, because (god help me) I actually know people who use them in conversation and it needed to be mentioned.

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