Any portmanteau in a storm

Our students don’t write a lot of essays for us, which may be why I’m still quite easily impressed by their innovations in the English language. This week’s specimen was a rather neat little portmanteau:

The well-reknowned model of Lotka and Volterra…

What I like is the way the adjective is so nicely poised between “well-known” and “world-renowned” that I can flip it backward and forward like a Necker cube without quite deciding which the student intended. Possibly s/he just has “the rarest of gifts, a perfectly balanced mind”… an attribute worthy of renown, indeed.

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