Globesity Is Here

I heard the term Globesity used on the news last night.Obviously describing the rise in global obesity. It’s intriguing how these new hybrid words come into being and into popular use. The car-crashing together of two existing words to make a new bastardised word. This latest little miracle of language came from The World Health Organisation, no less.

It would seem that the UK is not that keen in giving up its love of junk food. Personally I think the belligerent Brits just have a knee jerk reaction to being told what to do by central government (No matter what political shade of beige they are).

Parliament should really play the reverse psychology card and announce that junk food is now compulsory and that healthy food should only be eaten in limited quantities and there would very rapidly be a campaign in the Daily Mail spouting outrage and rallying against it.Britain would be scoffing healthy options and eschewing junk food at a surprisingly rapid rate soon after.

My previous favourite hybrid word from a year or so ago was celebutard aimed at a certain genre of celebrity who may not be especially blessed in the brains department.

I look forward to hearing more blended words enter our vocabulary.
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4 Comments Add yours

  1. As you might expect I am not very keen on these new fangled words. I have yet to come to terms with “obese”. I know that it has a technical definition but to me it always sounds too much like a medical condition about which one can do very little, whereas “fat” somehow carries more weight!! “Globesity”? How are we meant to pronounce it? “Glow-besity”, “Gl-bee-sity” or “Globb-esity”?

    You are of course quite right re the reverse psychology thing. It is one of the first skills you learn as a parent (and one would have thought, as a politician also). I am very talented at making vegetables sound sinful!

    Celebutard is rather good!

    (I typed all this once and then my internet connection was severed and I lost it all!)

  2. SilverTiger says:

    This rush to invent new words is quite ridiculous. Obesity is obesity. If people want to say that there is obesity all around the world, then let them say there is obesity all around the world. I don’t know what “globesity” is supposed to mean. I don’t think it actually means anything. If “global obesity” is meant, then that is a nonsense as there is no such thing. It would mean that everyone was suffering from obesity which is clearly not the case. If it means that obesity is a global problem then why not say “the global problem of obesity”?

    I think there are at least three reasons for the invention of such terms. Firstly, poor education: like President Bush, people invent words because they are unaware that a perfectly good word already exists to express the idea they have in mind. Secondly, impatience: people can’t be bothered to spell things out in plain English so they invent a jargon word to encapsulate the whole phrase. Thirdly, pomposity: the world is full of people saying quite banal things and trying to make these sound like the insights of experts so they invent a new word or phrase in the hope that we’ll be fooled into thinking they are saying something new and important.

    “Celebrity” is already a non-word and doesn’t need further elaboration. It is a term devoid of meaning used when you can’t think of anything specific to say about someone well known. I’ve seen “celebrity” defined as “someone famous for being famous”. That about sums it up: a nonentity with a publicist.

    The English language has a truly vast vocabulary and we don’t need these vacuous neologisms. They are merely an indication of how inarticulate most people are today.

  3. emalyse says:

    Aaaaw-I don’t have such a great problem with hybrid words.A bit like headlines in The Sun newspaper or the other red tops (oops more jargonese). It’s bad but sometimes you have to admire the ingenuity. It’s just the development of language in the same way as we all no longer speak like a Shakespearean play. I probably object more to the spread of Jafaikan (another hybrid word) as an adopted dialect amongst ‘yoof’ culture or just dumbing down in general. Slang and the shortening of words is something that’s been happening in language for a long time (init).

  4. jer says:

    Here’s one I just saw roll through Google Reader:


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