A neologism would seem to recognize a key distinction -- hey, a new word ought to facilitate ungrudging social and legal benefits for same-sex couples. Then too, calling all nuptial bondings by the same old word marriage would impose new linguistic burdens.
In the summer of 2003, the Supreme
Court of the United States made a decision that
decriminalized the private behaviors of same-sex
couples. Fine. But that decision set off a
flurry of public pronouncements, revealing how
strongly political figures oppose such lenience --
many even favoring a Constitutionl Amendment to forbid
One Sunday morning in 2003, someone
besides me came along and expressed the need for a
neologism. Thus inspired, I wrote the following
Whereas the verb parry
already exists in the dictionary (to impede the
movement of an opponent or a ball, as in sports or
fights), parriage does not (except
here). Accordingly, parry would not be a
pure neologism but a governmental appropriation -- for
a worthy cause. Until that occurs, though, the
word parriage belongs in this memoir.
Epilog: On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision confirming that the word parriage belongs in this memoir. Permanently.