The loss of two parents or all parents, especially is literature. See bastardise.
Words like snowballing, which is an urban sexual term, are considered orphaned because the combined meaning has nothing to do with snow or balls. Well, maybe balls. The term orphaned would not apply to words that are made up entirely. fo shizzle my nizzle could be considered orphaned or bastardized since the phrase has roots in real words.
by David Porter October 13, 2003