Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Jan 21 17:15:58 UTC 2012

It's the latest (or is it the last?) of the paranoid "-er" groups:

When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the
Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on
the horizon.
"In an instant, anything can happen," she told Reuters. "And I firmly
believe that you have to be prepared."
Tegeler is among a growing subculture of Americans who refer to
themselves informally as "preppers." Some are driven by a fear of
imminent societal collapse, others are worried about terrorism, and
many have a vague concern that an escalating series of natural
disasters is leading to some type of environmental cataclysm.


Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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