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Word Watch: Economic collapse edition

I have posted on new and/or fake words in a long time. Here are a couple of terms related to our current global economic meltdown. HOW COULD YOU NOT ENJOY THE HELL OUT OF THIS??!!!?????!!!!

Collapsitarians: Kevin Kelly examines “collapsitarians,” people focused on a doomed future, separating them into six camps.

Homedulgence: Basically, it’s the idea of retaining one’s indulgences while staying at home, despite the economic downturn. [wordspy]

Stag-deflation (I’ve also seen it written as “destagflation”): A stagnating economic period (recession) driven by deflationary forces, rather than inflationary ones.

WORDS: Butterfaith, work hot, the full Ginsburg and teabagging

The Boston Globe covers the language beat, defining, among other slang terms [parentdish]:

Bluetool: Someone always wearing a Bluetooth, even when they’re not on the phone.

Butterfaith: A girl who is attractive by all accounts, except for her devout religiousness.

Work hot: A person who may or may not be attractive, but is the best-looking person at your workplace.

Also: “The full Ginsburg” = appearing on This Week, Meet the Press, Face the Nation, Fox News Sunday, Late Edition. [the nyer via kottke]

Also in the news: Teabagging’s Wikipedia site. (Funny that the entry “needs additional citations for verification.” Uh boy.) From the excellent entry (in the Miscellaneous section):

After numerous arrests for underage drinking at his concert, John Mayer jokingly threatened to teabag passed out concert goers in his blog:

“If I happen to be walking backstage and I see any of you young men passed out drunk on a stretcher, make no mistake about it, you will come-to in front of your disappointed parents with a face full of Sharpie and the sneaking suspicion that you’ve been teabagged by one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2007.”