[Air-l] Research request: word search

Karen Lunsford klunsford at writing.ucsb.edu
Mon Apr 4 10:21:23 PDT 2005

surfeit ?

1 : an overabundant supply : EXCESS
2 : an intemperate or immoderate indulgence in something (as food or drink)
3 : disgust caused by excess

Quoting Charles Hendricksen <veritas at u.washington.edu>:

> superoptional / suboptimal
> Ken Friedman wrote:
>> Dear Colleagues,
>> The Danish designer and author Per Mollerup wrote me a query.
>> He seeks a word for a specific concept to describe situations when more of
>> something yields a worse result than fewer.
>> One example he gives is when you water a plant just enough, it helps the
>> plant, while giving it too much water kills it.
>> Standards are another case in point. If you have one standard for an entire
>> field, you are standardized. If you have twenty standards in the same field,
>> you are less standardized..
>> Per also gives the example of romance. If you have one romance, it is
>> romantic. If you have one hundred romances going on at the same time,
>> it won't be romantic at all.
>> He suggests naming these phenomena with a neologism,
>> "more-is-lessuals."
>> I have the sense that a word may already exist to cover such cases, but
>> I can't recall it.
>> If anyone knows of such a word, I will welcome a note at
>> <ken.friedman at bi.no>
>> Thank you.
> --
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