two new ones on me

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Jun 2 00:09:49 UTC 2010

...although clearly not new words as such:

(1) from tonight's national news:  the crews working out in the Gulf
are berthed overnight in barracks on "floatels" or "flotels".  Many
thousands of g-hits for both spellings of the portmanteau, evidently
used in more pleasant contexts as well

(2) from a piece in today's Times
(, I learned that
to slapp someone is to intimidate someone by hitting them with a
"Slapp", a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation.  The
article recounts stories of people "getting Slapped".


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