Word of the day: Snowpocalypse

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The power went out at the newspaper yesterday morning while we were covering the latest blitzkrieg of a blizzard (2010: Snow Odyssey). It momentarily felt like the end of the world.
But the staff rallied. We set up a makeshift newsroom in a Holiday Inn conference room across the street. The power returned by nightfall, and we put the paper out as usual (despite an hour-early deadline). This morning, our brave carriers delivered the edition in treacherous conditions. Kudos to the YDR team.
For the Word of the Day, I had to note the media’s snowpocalypse nickname for these back-to-back blizzard-like storms. Snowpocalypse is obviously a melding of snow + apocalypse. (Apocalypse means “revelation” in Greek.)
Snowpocalypse: (noun) The final, cosmic battle between humanity and the forces of winter, which threaten to encompass the planet. Massive amounts of snow fall in a period of short time in areas not accustomed to heavy or frequent snow storms. Life-dulling cabin fever ensues.
See also snowmaggedon.

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One Response to Word of the day: Snowpocalypse

  1. Maureen says:

    Love it! Way to go YDR team!
    Hopefully the digging out is going ok!

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