Definitions

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  • n. An area that is for practical purposes an enclave, but does not meet the strict definition: an area that is not completely surrounded by another, but can only in practice be reached by passing through another area. For instance, a region of a country that is not connected by road to the main part of the country without passing through another country.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • I never thought I would catch a bona fide pene-enclave in the wild, but then I came across this bizarre boundary (while detail-scanning the intra-Irish border on Google Maps, as one does in one's spare time).

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  • The N3 becomes the A54 for the duration of its brief foray into Northern Ireland - actually, its two brief forays, thanks to the pene-enclave.

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  • The only international example of a pene-enclave springing to mind is Jungholz, which would be an Austrian enclave inside Germany, were it not connected to the

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  • You would expect the same of a pene-enclave, minus the water: it should also require a contiguous land corridor to its 'mainland'.

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  • I am sure nobody would dispute that this pene-enclave has a properly narrow isthmus.

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  • However, extra information-wise, this intra-Irish pene-enclave is frustratingly un-googleable; other than that it is located between County Monaghan

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  • When it does, there is no longer an isthmus, and therefore no longer a pene-enclave.

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  • A pene-enclave is almost an enclave in the same way that a peninsula* almost is an island.

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  • But that doesn't help either in figuring out the pronunciation of the full prefix in 'pene-enclave'.

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  • The pene-enclave itself continues for several kms (or miles) in both length and breadth.

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  • And the natural formation on Latin elements is 'penenclave'.

    March 5, 2009

  • What a silly word. For one thing, these are not "almost enclaves"; they are almost exclaves (unless I've misunderstood what belongs to what). And for another thing, it's ridiculous to use the obscure "pene-" prefix when there are established ways of indicating such things. I would call these "near-exclaves" or, if you insist on a fancy prefix, "quasi-exclave". We don't, for instance, call it a "pene-victory" when a candidate loses by a few votes, or a "pene-fatality" when someone is almost killed.

    March 5, 2009

  • Wow. This phenomenon definitely needs a new word.

    March 5, 2009

  • Strange Maps: 'A pene-enclave is almost an enclave in the same way that a peninsula almost is an island. But only on a strictly lexical level. If we descend from the abstraction of definition to particular examples, things get messy — in an almost clintonesque way: all depends on what your definition of almost is.'

    March 4, 2009