Awful, awful, awful.
But have you ever wondered why it's so awful?
I think I've figured it out. Here's my pet theory as to why "webinar" sucks as a portmanteau: Because it's not a real portmanteau at all. The "web-" replaces
"sem-", but "sem-" is not a prefix with a defined meaning that "web" is
substituting for. The substitution is based on assonance. Which is fine
if you are writing Old English epic poetry or a Tom Waits song, but not
so much if you're trying to impart meaning.
Same goes for "webucator," which I have only seen one time, but which burned its way into my brain like sulphuric acid.
So: what other hideous edu-jargon do you hate and why?
(PS: my dad asked for more non-Middlemarch content. He made no specifications as to quality. Enjoy, Dad!)