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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 02/18/2011

Snowmageddon makes "new words and slang" list

By Jason Samenow

The Baltimore Sun's Frank Roylance reports the term "Snowmageddon" - which caught fire last February from use on this blog (originating from a solicitation for storm names and an online vote) - was added to Merriam-Webster online dictionary's "New Words and Slang" list.

Roylance writes:

"It's posted there with such newborn gems of the English language as "Belieber," a devoted fan of Justin Bieber; "ew," an interjection used to express disgust or displeasure; and "snoticle," frozen nasal mucus near one's nose.

Snowmageddon's definition: a large snowstorm

In November, we reported Snowmageddon was named one of the Global Language Monitor's (GLM) "top words of 2010".

Facebook reader Janette K. Perry Sherlund also discovered "Snowpocalypse" - the name frequently used to described the heavy snowstorm of December 18-19, 2009 - made the list. Its definition: "a disaster brought on by a massive snow storm; also: a massive snowstorm"

By Jason Samenow  | February 18, 2011; 10:10 AM ET
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Posted by: tinkerbelle | February 18, 2011 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Snowmageddon - yes

Belieber - a travesty.

Posted by: ennepe68 | February 18, 2011 10:41 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: KRUZ | February 18, 2011 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Snowpocalypse and snowmageddon were common words in my household last winter. Other favorite weather words included snorming, snow-over-it, and snowcation.

Posted by: janettesherlund | February 18, 2011 12:24 PM | Report abuse

I've noticed too many people in other areas of the country casually using snowmageddon and snowpocalypse to describe a single snowstorm. These words should only be reserved for back to back 1-2 ft storms or 3 or more such storms during a single winter. We definitely earned those titles last year!

Posted by: koala70 | February 18, 2011 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget "snowverkill".

And I'm surprised that, here in DC, we haven't seen what seems to me to be a likely candidate, in particular for the inevitable blame game that follows every incompetently handled storm: "snowgate".

Posted by: nan_lynn | February 18, 2011 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey, nobody mentioned "snowverkill"? It sure as heck was THAT.

Somehow, "snotsicle" looks and sounds better (looks as in looks better as a word, thank you).

Posted by: JustSaying1945 | February 18, 2011 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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