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These like one of those "everybody invented it" kind of deals. pocalypse isn't exactly an unusual template.
Posted by Ben on January 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM · Report this
Chefgirl 2
Brenden! You need to try to get yourself copies of the UK series, "Balderdash & Piffle". In it, various words around the same theme are looked up in the OED but then members of the public are invited to find even earlier occurances of each new word. With enough documentation, they get the OED to change its "first used in 19--" designation. Great show!

Here's an example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2xyE-6sC…
Posted by Chefgirl on January 17, 2012 at 10:55 AM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 3
That settles that. Now we can all stop repeating it.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn http://youtu.be/zu-akdyxpUc on January 17, 2012 at 11:01 AM · Report this
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on January 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Tiffany 5
Looks like snickerpants beat me by a few weeks though :(
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on January 17, 2012 at 11:05 AM · Report this
biffp 6
What about 'snowlocaust'?
Posted by biffp on January 17, 2012 at 11:14 AM · Report this
psbirch 7
Being from the east coast originally, I've always preferred "The Snotorious B.I.G."
Posted by psbirch on January 17, 2012 at 11:27 AM · Report this
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Oh damn, that was supposed to be '<whatever>pocalypse' up there. Guess that's what I get for not actually looking at the preview.
Posted by Ben on January 17, 2012 at 11:36 AM · Report this
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snOMG spread quick via twitter during last year's snowfall. Being of a more modern text-driven origin, I imagine it's birth would have to be even more recent (perhaps, even last winter?).
Posted by drake http://drakelelane.blogspot.com on January 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
It probably was Tiffany. A lot of us RT and RP things our friends say.

SNOMG works better as a twitter tag - official abbrev is wasnow of course.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on January 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM · Report this
Supreme Ruler Of The Universe 11
Nathan Myrvold now owns the rights to Snowpocalypse.

Any further use will be subject to licensing fees.

Call Intellectual Ventures for a bulk discount.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 17, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
biffp 12
What about 'snowstorm on acid'?
Posted by biffp on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM · Report this
SchmuckyTheCat 13
I bet it was used even earlier than Tiffany by somebody on LiveUrinal.
Posted by SchmuckyTheCat on January 17, 2012 at 1:03 PM · Report this
Fnarf 14
@10, notice the deft way Will in Seattle shifts from something someone else has done, someone he has never met, into something done by "us", meaning himself. Because he has recently learned how to "RT" something, he can take credit for pretty much anything that happens, even if that thing happened before Twitter and RT even existed.

And, if it's a girl-sounding name he will make his patented move here for us all to see.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on January 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM · Report this
SPG 15
For those of us who didn't grow up in Seattle or southern California it's not the snowpocalypse or snowmageddon, but just snow big deal.
Posted by SPG on January 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
lostboy 16
Wait, the New York Times cited Urban Dictionary? Seriously?

Urban Dictionary can be entertaining reading, but its credibility as an etymological reference is nil.
Posted by lostboy http://plus.google.com/104883658551712008719 on January 17, 2012 at 7:49 PM · Report this
Tiffany 17
Actually Fnarf, I met Will at a Slog meet-up / drink-up a few years ago. We got drunk and argued about computers :)
Posted by Tiffany http://www.facebook.com/tiffany98122 on January 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM · Report this
litlnemo 18
Chefgirl is right -- "Balderdash and Piffle" is lots of fun. I helped antedate a phrase ("Jack the lad") for the OED during the Series 2 wordhunt and they thanked me on the OED website. I have to say, as a language geek, that's one of my proudest moments.

Snowpocalypse was certainly popularized during the 2008 storm, but as Ben said, "-pocalypse" is a pretty obvious suffix for this sort of thing.
Posted by litlnemo http://slumberland.org/ on January 18, 2012 at 3:48 AM · Report this

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