"staycation", "daycation"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Tue Jul 29 20:42:09 UTC 2008

On Tue, Jul 29, 2008 at 1:55 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> "Staycation" is now taken enough for granted that it forms the
> springboard for a new and presumably even more short-lived formation.
> A current radio commercial for an amusement park urges listeners to
> "forget the STAYcation, and come for a DAY-cation".  Checking on
> google, though, I find 14,500 raw hits for "daycation" with the same
> sense (a vacation to be accomplished in a single day, presumably with
> no sleepover needed).  Google, perhaps thinking of traffic jams and
> gas prices, helpfully asks if I meant "damnation".

"Daycation" actually predates "staycation" in the databases.

1993 _Toronto Star_ 1 June A6 (Factiva) Canada's Wonderland, on the
other hand, was a winner from last year's loser weather and expects to
be again. "We had a record year," said spokesperson Scott McConnell.
"Because people took less driving vacations, we became an attractive
'daycation,' " McConnell said.

Earliest we've seen for "staycation" is from 1999:


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