linguistics term for kind of expression/coinage

asked 2017-12-13 17:38:28 -0600

updated 2018-01-02 13:59:11 -0600

ksteimel gravatar image

Is there a linguistics term for an expression that derives from the sound of another word?

The example I have is pejorative, so please forgive me. I will try to text it in white, so if you want to avoid it--don't highlight the lines below (and if this doesn't work--I'm punting with HTML5--I apologize!):

Catholic > Cat licker

I'm curious if there's a name for this type of derivation, and also if it typically happens for negative connotations mostly or if positive expressions develop this way sometimes as well?

Thanks so much!

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