"foiemageddon", WOTY for the lily-livered set

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 7 00:49:05 UTC 2012

The Times on the upcoming "crise de foie":


"The countdown to foie-mageddon has begun. With less than a month until California’s first-in-the nation ban on foie gras takes effect, fans of the fattened duck and goose liver are buying out stocks of the delicacy, searching for legal loopholes and sating themselves at a series of foie-heavy goodbyes. […]"       

Other references to foiemageddon, with or without hyphen, can be found, e.g. in blogs associated with the online version of New York magazine, but they all seem fairly recent.  The label works best for non-rhotic speakers for whom "Armageddon" and "foiemageddon" are minimal pairs.  

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