Fulparkerare

When I started the “Parking like a c#nt” photo series, I didn’t realise how deep the resentment would run.  It has by far caused the most feedback on any issue from you, our readers.

via 1funny.com

via 1funny.com

What started out as a bit of a lash out at an idiot stopping me from parking turned into quite the series (keep them coming, by the way, this isn’t the end of it).

It appears we’re not the only people sick of bad parking.  In Sweden they have even invented a word for it

Fulparkerare, n.
Definition: Literally translating to “ugly parker,” the word describes someone who parks his or her car in a particularly egregious or unlawful manner.

Used in an English sentence: “Whoa, did you really just double-park? Come on, don’t be a fulparkerare.”

It rather has the additional benefit of looking like it’s rooted in Maori as well.

Turns out the Swedish like to make up words:

1.Bloggbävning, n.
Definition: Literally translating to “blogquake,” the word describes the process by which a topic explodes in the blogosphere and is then picked up by more mainstream media outlets.
Used in an English sentence: “Man, that ‘ogooglebar’ thing really caused a bloggbävning today.”

2. Livslogga, v.
Definition: Literally translating to “life log,” the word refers to continually documenting one’s life in pictures.
Used in an English sentence: “I know my Instagram is full of retro-looking pictures of salads, but what can I say? It’s fun to livslogga.”

3. Ogooglebar, adj.
Definition: Literally meaning “ungoogleable,” the term is used to describe someone or something that doesn’t show up in Google results.
Used in an English sentence: “I’m going on a date tonight, but he’s totally ogooglebar! What are the odds he’s an axe murderer?”

4. Nomofob, n. 
Definition: A person who feels anxious at the very thought of being separated from his or her mobile phone. (Adapted from the clunky English “no mobile phone phobia.”)
Used in an English sentence: “I’d love to go swimming, but I can’t be in the water for very long — I’m sort of a nomofob.”

Check the rest out here.

There is still a word that doesn’t exist for something that happens to me.  I’m amazed that over the years nobody has coined one for it.  I’m going to give it a go here:

Googlefog, n.
Definition: When a digital map loads on a screen, and the map tile that has the information you’re actually interested in doesn’t display while the others do.
User in an English sentence: I still can’t see what side of the road that park is supposed to be on, it is still in the Googlefog.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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