A collision of the Information Age and our collective unconscious has helped comedians write jokes, Hallmark create greeting cards and made memes an ever present reality. We all want some sort of assurance that we’re not alone in or crazy for noticing a different aspect of a familiar scenario.
We all have shared observations that we sometimes don’t even know we have.
Even when our thoughts and opinions of a person, place or thing seem especially weird or nuanced, almost invariably, someone else has made the very same observation.
The need to define phenomena of our times has also inspired this ostensibly handy reference guide to help coin occurrences, conditions and other ephemera that are “becoming a thing.”
Neologisms are ever-present — from Sniglets to Douglas Coupland’s Generation X to Urban Dictionary — and continues to be done, but like birdwatching, some hobbies provide contentment and transcendence despite increased participation.
Emotionary has already accomplished a good chunk of what I had hoped to by coining phenomena that occur in human verbal and non-verbal interactions. Come to think of it, there should be a word for that feeling you get when you’ve come up with a good idea and realize you not only the first to come up with it, but someone has already capitalized on it.
How about this: conceptiam — concept + iam, the Latin word for already.
In the future, I’d like to see a full-blown. instantaneous Internet search engine that you helps you find new words for ideas. It could be powered by by neologists across the nation and around the world.
For now, may this little pocket reference strike a chord, call out ridiculous rituals, demystify trends and, hopefully, help us all share a laugh.
Look out for new phrases each week updated in this blog.
Expresidentia when a U.S. president, no matter how loved or loathed, becomes more liked overall after his tenure as Commander and Chief.
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