For Your "Vocabulary Builder" Word-A-Day Calendar
2 + 2 = 5-ism - caving in to a target marketing strategy aimed at oneself after holding out for a long period of time: "Oh, all right, I'll buy your stupid cola. Now leave me alone."
café minimalism - to espouse a philosophy of minimalism without actually putting into practice any of its tenets.
celebrity schadenfreude - lurid thrills derived from talking about celebrity deaths.
clique maintenance - the need of one generation to see the generation following it as deficient so as to bolster its own collective ego: "Kids today do nothing. They're so apathetic. We used to go out and protest. All they do is shop and complain."
derision preemption - a life-style tactic; the refusal to go out on any sort of emotional limb so as to avoid mockery from peers. Derision Preemption is the main goal of Knee-Jerk Irony.
emotional ketchup burst - the bottling up of opinions and emotions inside oneself so that they explosively burst forth all at once, shocking and confusing employers and friends — most of whom thought things were fine.
fame-induced apathy - the attitude that no activity is worth pursuing unless one can become very famous pursuing it. Fame-induced apathy mimics laziness, but its roots are much deeper.
me-ism - a search by an individual, in the absence of training in traditional religious tenets, to formulate a personally tailored religion by himself. Most frequently a mishmash of reincarnation, personal dialogue with a nebulously defined god figure, naturalism, and karmic eye-for-eye attitudes.
mid-twenties breakdown - a period of mental collapse occuring in one's twenties, often caused by an inability to function outside of school or structured environments coupled with a realization of one's essential aloneness in the world. Often marks induction into the ritual of pharmaceutical usage.
musical hairsplitting - the act of classifying music and musicians into pathologically picayune categories: "The Vienna Franks are a good example of urban white acid folk revivalism crossed with ska."
I consider these perfectly cromulent words.
*Yep, Sweet Dougie Fresh and his novel Generation X were briefly considered vital touchstones to the generation of Americans born between 1961-81. Like most everything designed to tap into a generation's consciousness directly, the book was forgotten in short order. True generational touchstones, such as Gen-X's beloved Mr. T, aren't planned as such.
Perhaps when my age cohort grows old and surly and decides to look back upon itself with goopy nostalgia (VH1's current broadcast practices notwithstanding), rather than fill the televisions with images of Jerry Garcia and the overused phrase "what a long, strange trip it's been," as my parents' cohort did, we will show Mr. T and the phrase "I pity the fool."