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Enter the “Franken” prefix…

…I predict that we’ll see an uptick in “Franken- prefixes” because of Frankenstorm and it’s around Halloween?

Anyhow, I wanted to learn more about how the term Frankenstorm got coined–who coined it? What gave rise to its name? Was this going to be a monster of a storm or was it going to be a miss-mashed mess of a storm?

It’s only natural for me to be this inquisitive since I coined the phrase “Frankenboobie” to denote the slight disfigurement of my right boob when I had the tumor removed.

So allow me to say it, sorta, first:  A Franken prefix is a prefix when used denotes a “monstrous” tone.  Something that modifies a noun to speak to its hybrid/miss-mashed/mixed up sum of all its parts.

About Tess McCarthy

Tess McCarthy got her MLIS from San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science and she worked in a variety of information settings. Tess currently leads her own consulting firm in the management of digital and physical library and archives around the world. As a corporate digital image archivist, she mastered Digital Asset Management she developed and led trainings in image cataloging. She's comfortable using pronouns like she, her, they & them. When she's not organizing the world's greatest archives and libraries, she's writing and illustrating. Tess got her teeth cut in archives processing unique collections. From the Center for Sex & Culture's archival materials to the Hoover Institution, she's seen it all. At the Hoover Institution, she focused on processing, arranging, describing and writing the finding aids to several WWI and II collections. As the former archivist-in-residence at San Francisco's Center for Sex and Culture, Library/Archives she surveyed and inventoried some of the most lively manuscript collections. Her interests in the information field area are: special libraries/collections, archives; manuscripts, digital archives, digital assets, images, DAM, collection management, old maps, zines, human-computer interaction, reference/user services and, information-seeking behavior.


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