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Etymology: Isn't it from Terry Pratchett's Disc World cycle?


There's also Automagic Kappa 22:05, 9 Apr 2005 (UTC)

Maybe Portmanteau is a better description of the term? I would have changed it, but it's part of a template. — en:User:Yom 04:40, 6 August 2006 (UTC) Hmmm..."Portmanteau" actually says that the linguistic term for such folk words are "blends," so I guess I'm wrong. 04:42, 6 August 2006 (UTC)

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{{blend}} might be what you want. The portmanteau entry has seen a surprising amount of controversy, and probably should not be taken as the authoratative word on our formatting instructions. --Connel MacKenzie 17:20, 6 August 2006 (UTC)
I agree that portmanteau is a better term. 00:42, 20 September 2006 (UTC)

Have added to List of Portmanteaux

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Isn't it really just a regularly derived word using the prefix/combining form "auto-" ("self-operating, automatic") and the root "magic"? It just looks like a portmanteau because it's also a pun. 06:28, 5 August 2007 (UTC)

Etymology: I thought it was a Disney thing. I think the doors to Mickey's Philharmagic in Walt Disney World say that the doors will open automagically but I also don't think that's the oldest Disney reference. No definitive answers from me, I just wanted to mention it.

Very old neologism[edit]

Some Other Editor stuck a {{warn|neologism}} tag on this article, but the Etymology shows 1987 as the earliest use in print … in point of fact, I first used it in an internal Xerox programmer's manual in 1979 … my manager objected to its use, but the other programmers in the group resoundingly supported retaining it … he also objected to the use of "bogus" as an adjective, but like I said, it was the 70s. :-) — 10:32, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

of course; I myself used long ago; Google books has no trouble dating it in computer s/w to 1971, and in photography to 1961. There was also a dishwasher branded "Thor Automagic" in the 1940's. Robert Ullmann 15:37, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

Used in server failure message from GoDaddy Virtual Dedicated servers: tailwatchd failed @ Mon Dec 12 22:35:01 2011. A restart was attempted automagically. Service Check Method: [check command] tailwatchd is not running Seopanda 02:18, 16 December 2011 (UTC)seopanda

Artificial stupidity[edit] 09:30, 14 February 2012 (UTC) The sarcastic use of automagical may be related to "Artificial stupidity" aka attempts to make Artifical Intelligence that works in 80-98% of the cases, but where the remaining 2-20% are so horribly wrong that the added 'help' is actually more of a pain.

Derived terms... or the other way around?[edit]

The current page lists "automagically" as a derived term. However it looks more like the converse relation is true. Google N-gram of automagically,automagical shows that automagically appeared sooner, and is more popular, than automagical. I'm looking at for how I'm interpreting "derived term." 13:31, 16 August 2015 (UTC)