Buzzwords of 2008: From ‘Nuke the Fridge’ to ‘Caribou Barbie’


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Lexicographers over at The New York Times have compiled a very amusing list of 2008’s biggest buzzwords.

Among my favourite new additions to our collective cultural vocabulary are, of course: “FAIL” (learn about its meme-history), “caribou barbie” (let Sarah Palin explain), “Twitt-” (for all things Twitter-related) and, the best of the best, “nuke the fridge” (see Indiana Jones for details).

What were your favourite buzzwords of 2008?

Politics without buzzwords is like sports without clichés, math without numbers or Blago without bleeps. Tough to imagine, in other words, especially in such a game-changer of a campaign year in which buzzwords were flying like shoes.

Buzzwords are what political wiseguys use to sound all important and knowing in a profession whose prime currency is the illusion of being both. They are like secret passwords for the chattering class, the verbal equivalent of a terrorist fist jab.

Picking out political buzzwords from 2008 is like shooting moose in a pigpen. The fundamentals were so dizzyingly strong, it could be tough to keep them all straight. Before you knew it “The One” had become “That One” and the “team of mavericks” were going rogue on each other.

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