The sentence I'm trying to figure out is:

Unfortunately, the distance, etc are impediment-y enough for me

Is it a typo or a neologism?

Edit: a little bit more of context:

Unfortunately, the distance, etc are impediment-y enough for me [to continue/have/consider this relationship]

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    More info, a context, is necessary. Unless this is common technical jargon (gads what an oxymoron), we won't know an 'impediment-y' from a 'hurdle-z' or a 'whatsawhosit-w' – Howard Pautz Sep 23 '14 at 17:21
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    It looks like an adjectivization of "impediment". Probably not in the dictionaries, but quite comprehensible. – Peter Shor Sep 23 '14 at 17:21
  • @PeterShor - interesting ... I read it like a math / physics term. So you think it means something like 'the distance is enough to impede me' ? – Howard Pautz Sep 23 '14 at 17:22
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    @Howard: that's it. – Peter Shor Sep 23 '14 at 17:23
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    @PeterShor - we need a faq along the lines of "How not to do it: poorly styled English," or maybe just "EngFish" :)) – Howard Pautz Sep 23 '14 at 17:29

The person who wrote this should have written: "Unfortunately the distance is too much of an impediment for me [to continue this relationship]."

I'm guessing it's intentionally ungrammatical to make it sound informal and spur of the moment, as opposed to carefully premeditated. Proper usage here comes off cold and informal.


Might be physics or maths terminology.

Generally, If we plot a graph of distance vs. time, then while labeling the axes. Distance is measured on the **y-**axis. (Northward)

Time is graphed on the X-axis, because time does not depend on distance, however, the "distance covered does depend on the time taken".

=> Can we think it means 'the distance is too overwhelming' ?

  • The meaning is right, but the interpretation is wrong --nothing to do with math or graphs. – Chris Sunami supports Monica Sep 24 '14 at 12:57
  • I'm not so sure it has nothing to do with math – ppaulojr Sep 24 '14 at 13:03

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