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My knowledge in morphology and orthography is lacking. I would like to know how to spell the neologism boneular, from bone (or Backbone, a programming library used for creating Web applications) and modular.

Would it be bonular? Or a less likely boneular?

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So this is a made up word? – Mitch Apr 8 '13 at 17:11
A backbone modular unit is a vertebra – jwpat7 Apr 8 '13 at 17:15
@Mitch yes, i'm attempting to create a project name similar to named similar to Backbone, a programming library. – SkinnyGeek1010 Apr 8 '13 at 20:27
@jwpat7 , thanks! vertebrae might actually work better! I've added some more context as to what Backbone refers too. – SkinnyGeek1010 Apr 8 '13 at 20:27
It has to be boneular, with the e, to reflect the roots -- on the other hand, bonular would suggest bon (=good)+ (mod)-ular. I do not think bone can represent your backbone, though, which is a different issue. – Kris Apr 9 '13 at 6:42
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Bonular appears to be the correct spelling for that pronunciation. For example, in answerbag.com post #572879 (28 Jan 2008) Jodie44 wrote:

Bonular, pronounced BONE-u-lar. I’ve used it a bunch of times because it seems right. As in, “I went to the doctor thinking I had a muscular problem, but it ended up being bonular.”

With fewer than 800 google hits, bonular is rare enough that you probably can adopt it as a project name without high risk of conflict. However, I think the modular portion of your derivation does not survive being connected to bone (which might not matter, since you probably will have an explanatory paragraph for the name).

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Yea I saw that as well, I was just worried I would have made an error where everyone was like... that's totally 'bon-you-lar', not 'bone-you-lar'. – SkinnyGeek1010 Apr 8 '13 at 20:31

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