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Language: neologisms and sensitivities

I’m not a natural writer. A terrible one? Frequently. An accidental one? Pretty much. A passable one? Once in a while. A natural one? Never. (Here’s a natural one.)

Anyway, it’s always a struggle (even to write a couple hundred words for work or a longer blog post for the ‘nerd). But despite that struggle – or maybe because of it – I take a special interest in language I find that’s compelling, or even just new. Sometimes full-blown prose captures my imagination (more on that soon), but often I’m just as interested in simply collecting (and watching develop) neologisms.

Here are a couple words – new or new to me – that have pumped through my feed reader recently:

*Funemployment: The idea that the idle time coming from being laid off is enjoyed by some.

*Ethonomics: Ethical economics. Or the overlap between what’s good (social ethics) with traditional economics.

*Plastectomy: The ritual burning, cutting or other destruction of credit cards. [murketing]

*Further, Mark Peters on GOOD recently wrote about America’s collective “Syndrome Syndrome” and the weight the word “syndrome” now pulls in the English language. Writes Peters “Other words are workaholics, pulling triple shifts and all-nighters, describing stuff that is deadly serious, kind of serious, totally ridiculous, and everything in between. Syndrome is one of these overachievers.”

A tangentially related item he doesn’t talk about is one we’ve addressed extensively (and for years) at my day job: the creep of “sensitivity.” The sensitivity – not a full-blown allergy, but still something that carries the sound of a “condition” – now, to an often absurd degree – protects people from annoyances ranging from the serious to the frivolous, from co-workers wearing too much perfume to the burden of having to wear clothing with unnatural fibers.

While we as a culture may have a syndrome syndrome, personally, I have a sensitivity sensitivity.

Links 3.26.09: Meat faces, Los Lobos, epic sex with Gene Hackman…

*Words: The New York Times has launched a neologism blog, Schott’s Vocab, cultivated by the Schott’s Miscellany dude. Apropos of that, in Haiti, “Clorox” means you’re really hungry. How’s that for miscellany?

*Update: Still no word from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam on the fabulous podcast I have proposed to him.

*WHAT??!?!?: Cloris Leachman Tells of Epic Sex with Gene Hackman. Talk about a headline you don’t want to read. (Interesting: The main HuffPo page includes “epic,” but the head on the article itself omits it. HM.)

*Pics: I didn’t even know beer sweaters existed. [coudal]

*Interior decorating: Take a look at this Danish decor of the 1970s, as seen through carefully isolated portions of pornographic movie stills. It’s kind of NSFW. And a bit disturbing. Aesthetically. [mefi]

*Art: On refrigerators. With magnets. More art: MEAT FACES: The following photos might make you slightly ill – [eat me]

*Economics: Roubini says stocks will continue to fall and a bunch of banks will have to be nationalized in 2009.

*Interviews: My colleague Abelardo interviewed Steve Berlin of Los Lobos for Latino LA. “Nobody’s got more cousins than Conrad [Lozano]. Half the audience is either his cousin, knew him from high school or split a case of beer with him.”

*Local: Culture Bully interviews Cloud Cult. I used to like Cloud Cult. I will go no further in this comment.

*Today’s links: D-. What’s worse than piss poor?

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.

Links for 12.22.08: Music’s short tail, Hulu for music, 2008’s best new words…

*The Long Tail: According to one study, 10M out of 13M digitally available tracks didn’t sell a single copy last year. Look. It’s complicated. [hypebot]

*Vizzies: Check out FlowingData’s list of the top 5 data visualizations of the year. Close readers of the listenerd will note that we’ve covered two of them previously – one Radiohead music video and one visualization using scrobbled Last.fm data.

*Lists: Stereogum’s list of its most-downloaded MP3s of the year surprised me. Marnie Stern at #1 and Yeasayer at #3. Huh.

*Business: Are the major labels trying to put together a Hulu for music? I think it’s funny that Hulu has made it to the point of being a model for something else, even though its grip is no doubt tenuous right now. And you’ll notice not much is trying to be a “Joost for _____” at this point.

*Advertising: Local Hmongs to Burger King (RE: their Burger Virgin campaign): We have seen hamburgers before.

*Words: The NY Times Ideas blog goes on the hunt for the top neologisms of 2008, suggesting staycation (a favorite, for better or worse, at my day job), edupunk and twi-hard.

*Blogs: I applied the Typealyzer, a supposed tool to analyze the personality type of a blogger, to the listenerd several weeks ago and the results were so far off, I didn’t even share them. I’ve seen many other sites link to Typealyzer since then, so I figured I’d revisit. I gotta tell you: I couldn’t come up with anything more wrong. Analysis says the author of the blog is an ESFP – entertaining, friendly, and conflict avoidant. Honestly, I’m trying to figure out a worse description of me than this one, but I almost can’t. Also, I’m bald.

*Quips: Read these four quips. [twitter]

*Trips: Soon I will be leaving this blog for a bit as I travel to the land of the WATERSMEET NIMRODS. I’ll bring something awesome back. (Beer, probably.)

Links for 11.11.08: Journey rules, “Chinese” reviewed, Live Nation sells…

*Journey: Power ballad “Don’t Stop Believin'” is DOMINATING digital music. The Journey song is the biggest seller on iTunes. And though the Guardian says the band “has Tony Soprano to thank for it,” bloggers who watch their incoming traffic know the band has Arnel Pineda to thank for much of their online success. And that is a FACT. [licensing plate]

*MP3s: Live Nation will sell MP3s from Sony Music, Universal Music Group and EMI. [listening post]

*Concerts: One Radiohead concert filmed with 12 cameras. [largehearted boy]

*Neologisms: Thumbnail goggles – “Effect whereby a person seems more attractive in a thumbnail than in a much larger image or in person.” OK, so this is what I’m going for.

*Reviews: Says Rolling Stone of Guns N’ Roses’ “Chinese Democracy,” it “is a great, audacious, unhinged and uncompromising hard-rock record.” [fimoculous]

*Things people hate: The SlotMusic player costs only $20 and stores 1GB of music. If they start selling/giving away music-filled SD cards at McDonald’s, it could work.

*Backlash: Fuck Norris Facts. “Chuck Norris does not sleep. He passes out after two wine coolers.” [mefi]

*Blogging: Has Kanye West been stealing other people’s blog posts? And is he stealing from the people who have been stealing his music? Because that would give me a headache.

*Morphing: If Wu-Tang members were NBA players. Link comes complete with WICKED MORPHING FACES.

*Trips: It turns out, I am going to CES this year for the day job. Pray for my health, please. And my sanity. But mostly my health.

Neologia: Buzzwords for this year

The New York Times Week in Review rolls out a list of buzzwords for 2007, including:

*earmarxist: “A member of Congress who adds earmarks — money designated for pet projects — to legislation.”

*FTW: “For the win,” a term that will be well-known to avid net surfers, since it was tired before it was even introduced.

A few of this year’s goodies from the listenerd archive:

*shitfacedbooking: Facebooking while drunk.

*butterfaith: A woman who is hot, but for her religiosity.

*go ham on ’em: To bring the mayhem.

*BONUS – On Douchebags: The Deets brings the Delta Bravo.

Words and things: Connectile dysfunction, flexting and shitfacedbooking

Matters of language you may/should find interesting:

*connectile dysfunction – the inability to keep an internet or cellphone connection. [via]

*flexting – flirting via text message. (This follows on blirting of several years ago, which is flirting via blackberry.) [via]

*shitfacedbooking – using Facebook while inebriated. [via]

You may now once again go about your business.