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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' Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 17:21
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    It looks like an adjectivization of "impediment". Probably not in the dictionaries, but quite comprehensible. Commented Sep 23, 2014 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' ? Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 17:22
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    @Howard: that's it. Commented Sep 23, 2014 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" :)) Commented Sep 23, 2014 at 17:29

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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.

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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' ?

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  • The meaning is right, but the interpretation is wrong --nothing to do with math or graphs. Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 12:57
  • I'm not so sure it has nothing to do with math
    – ppaulojr
    Commented Sep 24, 2014 at 13:03

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