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Obamaisms taking on Bushisms?

world Updated: Nov 07, 2008 15:12 IST
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While outgoing US President George W Bush's famous quotes, better known as "Bushisms", kept political humorists busy through his two terms, President-elect Barack Obama too has opened an account in the humour dictionary with his gaffes being compiled as "Obamaisms".

"Obomedy" jokes on Obama's life are being updated on a daily basis and derivatives of words suffixed to the President-elect's name are fast becoming a part of the vocabulary.

"Obamania", "Obamadrama", "Obamaffair", "Obamafication", "Obamafied", "Obamafy", "Obamagance", "Obamaganda" and scores of others have already found a place in the Urban Dictionary.

US-based magazine Slate has launched "Barack: The Encyclopaedia Baracktannica" to keep Obama fans and detractors updated on Obamaisms.

"It's hard to imagine that Barack Obama would be as big of a phenomenon if his name were, say, Tom Smith. As numerous fans, detractors, reporters, and bloggers have demonstrated, it's a name that lends itself to neologismseverything from 'Barackstar' to 'Obamania' to 'Omentum'We present the unabridged Encyclopaedia Baracktannica, a list of words that have been 'Obamafied' by Slate," reads a statement on Slate's website.

Apart from many Obama derivatives, there are syndromes devoted to the President-elect. "Post-Baratic stress disorder" has been described as "a sporadic recurrence of giddiness typically displayed by those who have recently returned from an Obama rally" and a "Baractogenarian" is an Obama supporter over the age of 20.