-aholic


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-aholic

or -oholic
suff.
One that is addicted to or compulsively in need of: workaholic; chocoholic.

[From alteration of (alc)oholic.]

-aholic

a combining form extracted from alcoholic, used in coinages having the general sense “a person who is addicted to or obsessed with an object or activity,” as specified by the initial element: chargeaholic; foodaholic. Compare -holic.
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This chance conversation pointed out to me the power of the suffix -aholic.
A cluster of -aholic metaphors has started to creep into our everyday language.
The tenor, or underlying ground, for all the -aholic metaphors is, of course, alcoholic.
This cluster of -aholic metaphors is but one in a series of drug-related and addiction-related metaphors that have crept into our language since the 1960s.
But the metaphor-making suffix -aholic requires one, so I felt obligated to supply one when writing about it.
Perhaps similar dynamics are at work with our other -aholics.