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Lingua-lution

Advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt has compiled a 2009 Cultural Dictionary of new words and phrases culled from magazines, Web sites, blogs and other cultural conversations. Besides the joy of being on the cutting edge of societal evolution, appearing hip can earn us oldsters some valuable points with the iGeneration. So here’s some of my faves:

  • Social notworking (v.): The loss of productivity caused by too much time spent on Facebook.
  • Brickberry (n.): A painfully obsolete cellphone.
  • Madoffing (v.):  Scamming someone.
  • Ecosexuals (n.): Iindividuals who select their partner based on their shared environmental concerns.
  • Baby goggles (n.): A phenomenon where the parents of an ugly baby think their baby is adorable and no one else does.
  • Carborexic (n.): A person who is obsessed with minimizing his or her use of carbon.
  • Bamelot (n.): Barack Obama’s version of Camelot.
  • Digi-necker (n.): A driver who, when passing a road accident, whips out their mobile and takes a picture.
  • Stress puppy (n.): A person who thrives on being stressed-out and whiny.
  • Kitchenheimer’s (n.): When you’re in the kitchen going around in circles because you can’t remember what you were doing there.
  • Precycling (v.): Purchasing products based on how recyclable they are.
  • Twitterrhea (v.): Waaaaay too much Twitter.

No wonder my kids give me a funny look when I say “fo’shizzle, my nizzle” — It’s soooo yesterday.

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  • Nicole June 17, 2009, 2:40 PM

    Love the carborexic and twitterrhea. Oh, and ecosexual.

  • Chris D. June 17, 2009, 5:13 PM

    These are good!
    Although, I think carborexic should be one of those sick people who minimizes their intake of carbohydrates (not carbon). You know, the type of people who eat a pound of chicken for dinner, with a side of bacon, four hard boiled eggs, and a protein shake to wash it down.

  • Mark H. June 17, 2009, 10:49 PM

    I've been seeing the term LeBroning showing up as well. It means walking off in a huff without talking to anyone, and leaving others to have to apologize for you.

  • Mike Duran June 18, 2009, 1:30 AM

    Mark, that is funny. But knowing the over-rated Cavs lost makes it more enjoyable.

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