Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Staycation, All You Ever Wanted?

Last week's Newsweek had an article about summer travel and rising gas prices. The article suggested that, because of gas prices, many people may choose to take a "staycation" this summer. I had never heard the word staycation prior to this article and I think it is a very descriptive and appropriate word for what it refers to - a vacation spent at home. A staycation can involve hanging out in your own backyard or exploring places in or close to your hometown. The word staycation is actually another example of a portmanteau word (which I have previously discussed) and according to WordSpy, the word was first used in The Myrtle Beach Sun-News on July 11, 2003.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I found this article very interesting, so I went to WordSpy to see what it was all about. It’s a very interesting website. I looked around and did some digging into their archives and found a word that our mutual friend Heidi uses all the time "alcopop (AL.koh.pawp) n. A soft drink or lemonade that contains alcohol. For example: Mike's Hard Lemonade." I found it interesting because I thought it was a new word but, WordSpy had sited this as a new word back in January of 1996. Which makes me think, where have I been for the last 12 years?

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