COLUMBIA — Sometimes, when copy editors cluster around the desk, we find solid reasons to roll our eyes, exchange knowing glances and emit groans of dismay.
A poorly written sentence, an illogical sequence of cause and effect, missing facts and incorrectly spelled names are the triggers.
During one such recent editing session, when yet another editor was trying to differentiate fact from fiction in a confusing passage, a new word was born: "dooziewhopper." It just popped out of my mouth as a perfect way to describe those sticky situations — it's as silly as the situation, fun to say and easy to remember. In announcing to the newsroom via the daily overnight note, I wrote, "Enjoy and feel free to use it in a sentence." And I invite you to join in, too.
Use of dooziewhopper is slowly — quite slowly — gaining momentum, but I think it will take off soon. Realistically, it will be a long time before it catches up with Merriam-Webster's most looked-up words of 2012.
According to an article by Leanne Italie for The Associated Press, the presidential election drove folks to online dictionaries. Socialism and capitalism were the paired winners.