Thursday, April 13, 2006

Expand your vocabulary

CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked and About to Snap! Strategies for Coping in a World Gone A.D.D. (Ballantine Books, 2006), a new book by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell has been on my wannabe reading list for the past month. I still don't have a copy, but a couple of articles about it have piqued my interest even more.

From the Dayton Daily News, Amelia Robinson shares some of Hallowell's new words from the book:

  • Screensucking: Wasting time looking at any screen — video game, television, computer, etc.
  • Taildogging: Allowing the tail to wag the dog. Going fast or pushing harder on yourself, your kids or your business just because other people are doing so and you don't want to be left behind in life's great race.
  • Frazzing: Multitasking ineffectively.
  • Doomdarts: An obligation you have forgotten about that suddenly pops into your consciousness like a poisoned dart.
In the New York Times, Lisa Belkin mentions those above, and adds a few more of her own, such as:
  • Cellopain: the jerk who talks loudly and obliviously on his cellphone in a crowd.
  • Regurgimailer: people who forward to everyone they know everything that lands in their in-boxes.
  • Logonorrhea: a related condition that renders you unable to use certain online accounts because you can remember neither your screen name nor your password.
I'm pretty sure that Hallowell has some real substance in his book as well, but the new words alone might be worth the cover price.


Hanna said...

First thing this morning, I wanted to check on my “School Friends” account in Finland but realized I’d forgotten my password. I have to start keeping a list before logonorrhea completely gets me! After screensucking for about an hour, deleting meaningless emails from regurgimailers, I found myself frazzing between a multitude of tasks, getting ready for work but hoping I’d first have time for a quick morning walk. But even if I managed that, I’d probably be bombarded by endless doomdarts… I don’t think I’m taildogging, so why do I feel so frazzed?

I finally managed to get my walking shoes on. As I stepped outside, I saw a guy sitting in a parked car talking obnoxiusly loudly on his cell phone. What a cellopain! I could tell this was going to be a long day…

Barry Dahl said...

Maybe the dingo ate your baby...