Someone on another website was wondering whether a certain word was correct. After they asked the question they said:
I guess I'm asking how it rates on the correct-o-meter.
The usage of correct-o-meter got me curious to know more about this unusual yet interesting usage of the suffix o-meter.
Forming nouns denoting a measure of a quality, emotion, etc.
Examples: ‘stressometer’ ‘drunkometer’
I have also found many variations of it:
and many more.
Some are obviously trademarks of actual measuring tools, however, I am particularly interested in the ones that indicate imaginary measuring tools like: happy-o-meter.
My question is:
Do native speakers usually add the suffix o-meter to a word for a humorous effect?
I mean I would assume that, for example, cringe-o-meter and epic-o-meter could only be used in a humorous context.
Is this correct? If so, could you please give me an example sentence for this specific usage?