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Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 11/16/2010

"Snowmageddon": one of 2010's top words

By Jason Samenow

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"Snowmageddon", the word used to describe the historic snowstorm that crippled the mid-Atlantic last February 4-6 has been named one of the Global Language Monitor's (GLM) "top words of 2010".

The first use of the term in the context of last February's storm can be traced to the Capital Weather Gang, as Andrew Freedman wrote last year:

As far as we can tell, the name was coined on this blog on Feb. 3 when we solicited contributions for a creative storm name. The original suggestion appears to have come from a reader who comments under the alias of "300_sq_ft." Many other readers suggested it too, and it won the clear majority of votes in a poll we held on Feb. 4. The name spread widely from there via the pages of this newspaper and social networking platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, until it eventually wound up in remarks by President Obama to the Democratic National Committee on Feb. 6.

Snowmageddon shares the #7 spot on the GLM's top 10 list with "Snowpocalypse", most often associated with the record-setting snow of December 17-19, 2009. It's not clear where the name "Snowpocalypse" originated.

According to its website, the GLM "documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English."

The GLM describes Snowmageddon and Snowpocalypse as "Portmanteau [or joining of] words linking 'snow' with 'apocalypse' and 'armageddon', used to describe the record snowfalls in the US East Coast and Northern Europe last winter."

The other words in GLM's top 10 list are:

Spillcam (1)
Vuvuzela (2)
The Narrative (3)
Refudiate (4)
Guido and Guidette (5)
Deficit (6)
3-D (8)
Shellacking (9)
Simplexity (10)

By Jason Samenow  | November 16, 2010; 10:20 AM ET
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I will always remember that storm fondly...

Posted by: sigmagrrl | November 16, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Of course, there was also "Snowverkill" or "Snoverkill", depending on how you wish to spell it.

Funny, but there was little or no significant snow after Feb. 15. I notice that TV monitors are continuing to play replays of last night's game, which I'm coming to call "Footballmageddon"!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | November 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

You go, CWG! just one small step on the road to world domination.. interestingly, however, "Snowpocalypse" nad "Snoverkill" were not in the mix? :-)

Posted by: juantana | November 16, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

If it snows the day after Thanksgiving, I vote for "White Friday"

I've asked this before but forgot the answer over the summer. Which GFS view is best for a surface temp forecast?

Posted by: spgass1 | November 16, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

spgass, this map shows 2 meter temps. Also looks cold enough for snow, but fantasyland...

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | November 16, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

What about Snovechkin?

Posted by: playahatah | November 16, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

My 15 minutes of fame! Hand me a beer!

Posted by: 300_sq_ft | November 16, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

If we have an early-season storm, I suggest the name "SnowSoon?"

I think that would perfectly describe the reactions of most area residents, considering last season's snowdump.

Posted by: Ayrwulf | November 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

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