Monday, December 22, 2008
Buzzwords of 2008: Frugalista? Recessionista? Skadoosh!
This is from Grant Barrett, a lexicographer specializing in slang and new words. Some of my favorite lexical items he defines are:
1) Recessionista: Originally, someone who favored a recession as ultimately good for the economy. Now, a person who stays fashionable during an economic downturn without spending a lot of money.
2) Plutoid: A new term designated by the International Astronomical Union to refer to Pluto and space objects like it, which are something less than planets.
3) Maverick: A person who is beholden to no one. Widely used by the Republican presidential and vice-presidential candidates, John McCain and Sarah Palin. Also in the adjectival form mavericky, used by Tina Fey portraying Governor Palin on “ Saturday Night Live.”
4) Gas-sipper: The opposite of gas-guzzler. Though more than 30 years old, the term took on new significance as gasoline prices rose to record highs.
5) Frugalista: A person who is frugal but fashionable.
Excellent piece. Read more here.
Labels: language, language use, lexemes, lexicography
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That's me, a frugalista.
I like the 'adjectival form mavericky'. Oh, and 'staycation'
I have a gas-sipper. It's called a bike.
Ha. Recessionista. Yes. I've got dibs on that.
So, plutoids are demoted planets then.
It'd be a good euphemism to use if one gets demoted. 'Honey, I'm home. I'm a plutoid now.'
And the recession provides a lot of buying opportunities for frugalistas.
I think my favorite would have to be 'gas-sipper.' Had not heard that before. Anorexic cars, yup, it's the way to go.
So then I don't get the difference between frugalista and the newer definition of recessionista.
Poor Pluto, indeed.
Staycation, all the way. Apropos word.
To me, Recessionista is ALL about staying fashionable for less :)
Check out The Recessionista(TM) Blog to learn more: http://therecessionista.blogspot.com/
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