In this week's City Weekly, columnist John Rasumson opines on the use of trendy words in news stories. There's one that's already gotten under my skin, after only several weeks making the rounds: "stay-cation," which refers to opting for close-to-home entertainments in the era of $4-per-gallon gasoline and one-item-of-luggage-under-16-ounces air travel. I may have to invent a new word to describe how over it I am.
However, it does provide an opportunity for some other creative neologisms. What other contemporary lexical creations could we create specifically for our current economic situation? How about "Wedne-stay" (taking a mid-week day off of work to reduce commuting costs)? Or "interest-sting" (for that balloon payment on your mortgage)? I'm anxious to see whether we can find something else to replace "stay-cation." Comment with your own examples, and see if you can earn the title of "stay-ermaster." (Scott Renshaw)