Thursday 14 May 2020

blursday afternoon is never ending

Through the lens of Australian English, Jason Kottke directs towards an intriguing overview of portmanteaux and slang are accelerated by the powerful drivers of novelty paired with angst and anxiety.
A few neologisms that we found especially resonant were coronials, an alternative to Generation C and predicted baby boom resulting from confinement, “Blursday” originally applied to a hangover that one couldn’t shake but repurposed to describe the untethered sense of days passing into one another, sanny for hand-sanitiser, COVIDiot and so on. There’s some gallows humour but of course new coinage is a form of commiseration and a way of coping and finding hope.