Obamaism crawls into English

Obamaism crawls into English
PTI
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First Published: Mon, Mar 03 2008. 12 51 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 03 2008. 12 51 AM IST
New Delhi: Barack Obama, who has been able to cement his front-runner status in the Democratic White House race, is influencing English users too as they are increasingly using variants of his name.
“Obamamentum, obamacize, obamarama, obamaNation, obamanomics, obamican, obamafy, obamamania, and obamacam... And the list is growing,” reported the Global Language Monitor (GLM), which analyses current trends in language. “The latest word to enter the English language is ‘Obama’ in its many variations,” GLM said.
A hilarious video by CNN shows how Obama has managed to storm into the lexicon.
Anything that Obama says is “Baracklamation”, means of communication for all his staffers is “Barackie Talkie” while the federal government under the black leader is dubbed “Barackracy”.
“To enter the English language, a word has to meet certain criteria, including frequency of appearance in the written and spoken language, in the media, have a large geographic footprint and to stand the test of time,” said Paul J.J. Payack, GLM president and chief word analyst. “In the past, this process would unfold over many years, even decades or centuries,” Payack said.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 03 2008. 12 51 AM IST