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The database already contains ‘pigment of [one’s] imagination,’ which is more common than this one and closer in sound to the original, but doesn’t make as much sense. Examples:
The book is composed of two parts. The majority of which was put together to share my life experiences. The remainder is a fiction of my imagination.
www.stylefeeder.com/.../Ramblings-Stori … -Paperback
But, since Molly is a fiction of my imagination, I can jolly well imagine her any way I like.
When you accomplish that you’ll understand that you can overcome all of your fears because they are just fiction of your imagination.
www.rejectanxiety.com/anxiety-the-fear- … ming-fear/
Location: Germany, where beer is cheap, cigarettes even cheaper and speed limits a fiction of your imagination.
It sounds more fictual than factional, but it’s true!
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .
There are also a few example on the web of “ficment” for “figment,” perhaps a blend of “fiction” and “figment.”
The spelling “figmint” is . The food semantics of “mint” could be using a perceived “fig” to exercise some pull on the spelling.
I got up in the middle of the night to look this one up – I shoulda stood in bed!
Is that dude for real, or just a fictment of my imagination?
THIS IS FICTMENT OF IMAGINATION ONBEHALF OF THE AREMNIANS BECAUSE HITLER IS NO LONGER HERE TO DEFEND HIMSELF
That genocide again
i could be wrong the director james cameron who did a wonderful job said that its a fictment of our imagination so it could be her heaven or a dream
Re ficment, I did find this case where somewhere deeply involved in the online fic world has transferred it to figment.
Now, how awesome would it be for Ryan to really be a ficment of Spencer’s imagination and then suddenly coming alive.
Fan fic review
Edit: Here’s a quick fics. An afictation in the following might imply putting on a front, a false identity. Admittedly, though, the spelling in all of these is not sparkling.
Oh, that cigarette holder is a rather goshe afictation.
In the next, one does an afictation, rather than has one.
The bad Hollywood Chinese could be addressed by the speaker or one of his friends pointing out
he does that deliberately to confuse people and build his rep. I think you mentioned that in one of
your comments or possibly the story but making it more explicit would help. That way the reader
would know it’s an afictation the boy does and not some steriotyping.
So in this case, it sounds more folksy, as an affictation, rather that structural (echoeing the shock of trauma.)
Last edited by burred (2012-02-26 11:14:23)
“Affictation.” Worth getting up in the night for.
We haven’t mentioned, it appears, “fragment of [my/her/his/their/your/] imagination.” This phrasing is extremely common. It may even be older than “figment of imagination.” The OED traces “figment” in this sense back to the seventeenth century, but the complement in the idiom is “brain” or “mind” in the first two centuries, “imagination” only appearing with Jane Eyre. Google books lists several early 1800s books with “fragment of imagination.”