Where does the name algebraicthunk come from?

In algebra, a ring is an algebraic structure with two associative operations (e.g., addition and multiplication) such that the second operation distributes over the first (there are more requirements, see the linked article for details). On the other hand, in the world of music, a ring is the sound produced by instruments such as handbells. If you ring a bell incorrectly, for instance by accidentally holding your finger against it, then the sound it makes is better described as thunk.

So: an algebraic thunk is the sound produced when a mathematician flubs an algebraic ring.