What Makes Up the Name: romantic + comedy

When you only have one minute to pitch an idea to a bunch of executives, you don't have time to use a bunch of words so you need to distill your movie idea into a concise combination of pre-existing formulas. "It's a romcom!" See? That one saves you four syllables.

Origin: This one is hard to determine, but it's definitely been in use since 2003 and almost certainly earlier, particularly inside the entertainment industry.

See Also: biopic, docudrama, dramedy, mockumentary