Sunday, August 10, 2008

I HATE "Staycation"

Having been a journalist (reporter and editor) for 18 1/2 years and a freelance writer for about 25 years, I get anal about non-words, fake words and made up words. While once in a while I can live with a new word, they are mostly stupid, lazy creations that should not find their ways into regular communications.
The newest made up word, which Val and I share a major loathing for, is "staycation," the incredibly dumb word for spending one's vacation at home. Is this dumb ass created word in any way necessary? No, of course not.
OK, it's time for my pill.


Blogger Kim Hosey said...

You're looking at someone who STILL hates the word "blog." And now there's "vlog!" "Blogosphere" is even worse. Also "metrosexual," (I even saw "retrosexual" the other day; apparently "straight and insecure" had already been taken), and especially all those stupid mashup names they make for couples: Brangelina, Bennifer, TomKat, et al. UGH. Journalists can be lazy -- enough already with the suffix "gate" to anything, ever, but Watergate; enough with the word "staggering" before any numerical figure; and why do you feel the need to call a murder "senseless?"

Pant, pant.


(Perhaps it's time for my pill as well.)

8:34 PM  
Anonymous pharahiti said...

'Staycation'is a ridiculous term & it makes me cringe. Vacation is the noun form of the verb 'vacate', there is no such verb as 'staycate'.

Since the opposite of vacate is stay, then if anything staycation should be 'stayion' or even 'staysion'! The media is now coining staycation for any holiday/vacation in your home country. Back in the old days holidaying in your home country was the norm, they didn't feel the need for a special word for it then and we shouldn't now.

What next, the word 'germation' for a holiday in Germany? 'Familation' for a holiday with your family??? Stupid.

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just read an article that said "ce-Web-rity".


3:08 PM  

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