Son of snowpocalypse

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Feb 10 17:49:40 UTC 2010

As a Twitter hashtag, at least, "snOMG" has been popular. I've also seen
"snownami" and (more creatively) "Snotorious B.I.G."

As for "snowmageddon" and "snowpocalypse", Arnold Zwicky mentioned them here in
Dec. 2008:

Both of these have been with us since at least '05:

And see Mark Peters' Good column on "-(ma)geddon" and "-(poc)alypse" more

--Ben Zimmer

On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Alice Faber wrote:
> I could have sworn it was on this list, but a search doesn't turn up
> anything, but, in any case, in the past few months we've seen a bunch of
> references to the "snowpocalypse" (500,000+ ghits), with such variations
> as  "Snowpocalypse II: Electric Boogaloo" (1900 ghits), referring
> specifically to last week's storm in the Washington area, "snowmaggedon"
> (112,000 ghits), "snowmageddon" (804,000 ghits). Sports fans in
> Washington referred to last weekend's storm as "Snowvechkin" (only 800
> ghits, but see
> "Snowverload" seems not to have legs (200-ish ghits), but "snoverkill"
> (21,000 ghits)/"snowverkill" (3,800 ghits), which I noticed this morning
> in a friend's Facebook status, has potential.
> Of course, based on what I see outside my window, the folks who
> essentially closed down Connecticut for today, were suffering from a
> massive snowvereaction.
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