December 25, 2005

Catchwords.

This is actually a pretty nothing article on a subject I'm interested in: catchwords. It links to two sort of useful websites: blogpulse and wordspy. You'd think a piece on the front page of the NYT Week in Review, with that subject and those websites, would find some new, cool things to play around with. Instead, we get to hear about metrosexual again.

"Metrosexual" comes right off the top of Word Spy's Top 100 list, but this word was originally listed on September 4, 2002. The author notes that "ubersexual" is a few slots lower on the list. Related words on the list: pomosexual, retrosexual, technosexual, heteroflexible.

Unrelated, though possibly seemingly related phrase that interested me, though I don't remember ever hearing it: time porn. TV shows where the characters -- metrosexuals, retrosexuals, whatever -- wallow around in excessive amounts of time.

4 comments:

Luke said...

Isn't "time porn" what this blog is really all about? I mean, from the point of view of its readers?

Ann Althouse said...

Good point. As readers and commenters you get to join in like extra characters in a sitcom.

OddD said...

No, I don't think that's the case at all. But perhaps I don't understand the term.

On shows like Friends and Frasier, the characters just seemed to have oodles of free time. Whereas I get the impression from most bloggers that they work at making that time.

reader_iam said...

"As readers and commenters you get to join in like extra characters in a sitcom."

What an intriguing idea! Conjures a lot of subtext for me. Must ponder.