Date: Fri, 19 May 1995 12:54:40 EDT
From: Larry Horn LHORN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]YALEVM.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Re: 1995 Candidates "Word of the Year"
I have a query concerning the extended use of a word that isn't a WOY candidate
per se, but does seem to have diffused widely through a specific generation.
(Can we speak of an aetatolect? a cohortolect? a synchrolect? Is there some
term for a dialect associated with a particular generation?) The generation in
question is the soi-disant "Generation X" and the word is "extreme", as used in
various TV shows, films, and advertising. I don't have a sense of what the ex-
tended uses comprise--whether there's a real extension or just a fad of usage--
but I'm prompted to ask by a journalist at ESPN, whose network sponsors some-
thing called the Extreme Games and wants to do a piece on the, er, synchrolect
feature it involves.