I'd assume that we all know what porno is right now. We probably all have our definitions of what it is - and what counts. We all have the stuff that we like, in various ways and for various purposes. And, of course, it's not just films. There are pictures. There's writing. Porno is expanding, and for that, I applaud it.
But it's lost something.
|Treguard: "Let... ter... O...!"|
I knew what "porno" meant, but I'd never encountered this word "porn" before. I had a very shrewd idea of what it was, but just to be sure I opened AltaVista and put it into the search box... which, upon reflection, wasn't the best of ideas. But, since then, I've always (with one not-very-notable exception) have seen it referred to as "porn". "Porno" appears to have vanished into the ether... or, at least, its ending O has.
I wonder why this is? Laziness? Making it sound less like an abbreviation? Or just text speak gone wrong? I'll certainly admit that "porn" - as a one-syllable word with a hard P at the start - has more of an immediacy to it, but I'd assume that the content porn by itself packs enough of a punch not to necessitate a large amount of impact in its noun. I'll admit it sounds better than "porno"... but why?
And, more importantly... how?