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I've seen people writing: "Have an Octotastic day!". I've tried to search online, but I didn't get any useful results. From the context I feel it's a synonym for "fantastic". I couldn't see any details on usage of that word. Is it something made-up?

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    Yes, it's made-up. It seems to be a poor portmanteau (poortmanteau?!?) of 'October' and 'fantastic' I'd avoid it.
    – Jim
    Oct 31, 2013 at 1:52
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    @jim, My research had the word associated with octopi! Lol! Oct 31, 2013 at 1:56
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    It's very common for informal writing to add "-tastic" to words to make them sound more effusive. So it's not that October is especially fantastic, but merely that you didn't happen to encounter an occurrence of "Maytastic" or "Junetastic" when their time rolled around. Having said that, I will admit that some months lend themselves to portmanteauing more readily than others. I doubt, for example, that you'll run into an occurrence of "Februtastic," even though February is a truly outstanding month.
    – Sven Yargs
    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:13
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    @ShobhitPuri- October was my first thought, it could very well be octopi, or octogenarian for that matter. The fact that we don't know means it's probably not something you should use unless the immediate context makes it clear. Have an Octoberiffic rest of the month!
    – Jim
    Oct 31, 2013 at 2:14
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    @SvenYargs: Can you add your comment to an answer? I think it is a suitable answer to the question.
    – MrHen
    Oct 31, 2013 at 16:04

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I believe this comes from the GitHub, a cloud based version control system. Their logo is the Octocat, and they often use the phrase "have an octotastic day".

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    If I remember correctly, I saw it somewhere on gitHub only. You are right. Jun 25, 2014 at 15:17
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    Yeah, haha. That is where I came from. It is from the Student Discount Request.
    – Aaron Esau
    Mar 14, 2016 at 3:13
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At MrHen's kind suggestion, I'm submitting my earlier comment as an answer...

It's very common in informal writing for authors to add "-tastic" to words to make them sound more effusive. So it's not that October is especially fantastic, but merely that you didn't happen to encounter an occurrence of "Maytastic" or "Junetastic" when their time rolled around. Having said that, I will admit that some months lend themselves to portmanteauing more readily than others. I doubt, for example, that you'll run into an occurrence of "Februtastic," even though February is a truly outstanding month.

As Jim notes in one of his comments above, the suffix "-rific" (borrowed from "terrific") has a similar tendency to appear as a would-be excitement enhancer in a multitude of settings, as in "lobsterrific" or "ennuirific." Yet another such suffix (somewhat less commonly used) is "-tacular" (borrowed from "spectacular").


Belated acknowledgment: It seems pretty clear to me now that, with regard to the question of where octastic comes from, Bryan's answer is the correct one. I'll keep my answer here live because I think it still has some value in connection with interpreting other words with suffixes like -tastic; but in the specific instance of octastic, Bryan undoubtedly has it right.

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Yes, it is from GitHub.

It comes from their logo which is an Octocat.

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  • I encountered it in the same context. Related question, what exactly is it supposed to mean by "if you don't hear from us within the hour, you should receive an email from us within x days" where in my case it was 23 days, rather humorously. Is there an especially high chance of a response in that first hour? Why call that out in particular, and not just say we'll get an email within x days directly?
    – Patronics
    Aug 1, 2020 at 6:52
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Yes, GitHub lovers writing: "Have an Octotastic day!"

Because the GitHub platform began on 1 October 2007. As usual for informal writing, add -tastic to make the word sound more effusive.

So we can say:

"Octo" (October) + "-tastic" = Octotastic

Have an Octotastic day! - GitHub Developer

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The origin of the term comes from Github and his mascot, the octocat. The word acrually is a combination of octopus and fantastic, such words are called portmanteaus.

It appears to be an invented term to increase the awareness about science, octopuses in particular. It would increase our interest in the marine wildlife, but until now it has not reached its purpose...

The actual meaning doesn't exist, but in the broader sense it could mean "have a fantastic day".

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  • Cursory web searching reveals that "Mascotte" may be the Dutch word for Mascot, and not a breed of cat. Have I misunderstood? Is "Mascotte" an English word?
    – jejorda2
    Oct 20, 2017 at 12:57
  • Sorry, I misspelled the word! It's due to the corrector... I meant the english term mascot, whose meaning can be regarded as a animal or object that is believed to bring good luck or one that represents anorganization Oct 20, 2017 at 13:42
  • I'm going to EDIT the original amswer... Oct 20, 2017 at 13:42

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