Franken- is a prefix that refers to something artificially created into a frightening product, often meaning something genetically engineered, something unnatural. The prefix franken- appears in the 1990s as a back-formation from Frankenstein, the story of a mad scientist who created life from patching together body parts from dead bodies. Franken is a German word which means Franconia, a region in Germany. Coined franken- words are sometimes capitalized and hyphenated, as each of these coined words becomes more popular, the capitalization and hyphenation are dropped. Words altered with the addition of the prefix franken- are portmanteaus, words that are made from a blend of two words.


US soldiers have dubbed the crudely-made but deadly machines ‘Franken-trucks’, saying they were like “something out of a movie”. (The Express)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration opened the gates Thursday to genetically engineered salmon, which critics dub “franken-fish,” but the FDA insists is “fit for consumption.” (Boise Weekly)

Dodge’s All-Wheel Drive Franken-Challenger Is All Sorts of Amazing:
A car cut and pasted from the Challenger, Charger, and Chrysler 300 parts bins (Road and Track Magazine)

They want the government to support agricultural research as strongly as health-oriented biotechnology – and for the debate on genetic modification to be reopened, more than a decade after scaremongering about “Frankenfood” left the UK and Europe almost devoid of GM crops. (The Financial Times)

The FDA’s frankenfish findings were politically suppressed to “not upset the base.” (The Alaska Dispatch News)

Yet in the U.S., there’s fiery controversy about whether these frankenfoods should even be labeled, so consumers can tell what they’re eating. (The Huffington Post)

Ignored the rather fun possibility of “pleasiness” in favour of a Frankenword that sounds like an ointment for something nasty or the noise you make when vomiting. (The Evening Standard)


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