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Sunday, December 21, 2014

edutainment

\ej-oo-TEYN-muhnt\ , noun;
1.
television programs, movies, books, etc., that are both educational and entertaining, especially those intended primarily for children in the elementary grades.
Quotes:
In the flesh, he looked like one of those poised, balding experts who sit on New England porch swings in autumn answering questions for edutainment TV in maddeningly soft, self-assured voices.
-- Richard Powers, The Echo Maker, 2006
Ultra Business Tycoon III, another game by Porpentine, begins as a parody of an “edutainment” game from the 1990s — complete with its own antiquated shareware code.
-- Laura Hudson, "Twine, the Video-Game Technology for All," New York Times Magazine, November 19, 2014
Origin:
Edutainment is a portmanteau of education and entertainment. This Americanism entered English in the 1980s.
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