Friday, March 27, 2009

Word Games

Schott's Vocab, a Miscellany of Modern Words and Phrases is described by the New York Times as an exploration of news sites around the world to find words and phrases that encapsulate the times in which we live or shed light on a story of note. Compiled by Ben Schott, some of these entries find their way into pieces in the Times, as they did today.

This caused me to begin thinking of terminology that was not mentioned, but that I think could become part of our lexicon. I have listed some of them below:

obsessorizing- the ability to find something every day to become an intense object of attention, like Bernie Madoff, the state of the economy, the value of your stocks or AIG

finger picking- spending vast amounts of time communicating without speaking by way of e-mails, instant messages, twitters, blogs and various other means of sign(in) language

cable culture- that growing portion of the population who has no need or interest in any of the non-cable communication on their television set

$tupidity- obscene distributions to people like hedge fund managers and executives of failed and failing companies in the face of the worst economic crisis in at least 8 decades

ticketed off- the public outrage over the price of seats to some entertainment venues like Yankee Stadium

trillionitis- a new disease afflicting the emotional core of the American public as they watch the estimates of the debt grow ever larger

American idolatry- undeserved attention on anyone who finishes in the top 10 of this years American idol

the change that refreshes- a President with intelligence, wit and an ability to communicate

tenting- vast unemployment causes homeless 'cities' to pop up all around the country

unretirement- a review of your 401 K account


Anonymous said...

Very clever -- I enjoyed that robert!

Robert said...

thank you very much

gail said...

I'll second Nancy.
I think you got all the clever genes!

Robert said...

some parts of my brain function ok while others are definitely dormant

thanks for the kind words