New Word #126
I was trying to compile a holiday word list, for which immigrants have alternative interpretations. Then I realized that it’s a list that requires more thoughts and it wouldn’t be completed today. For example, turkey is a mischievous reminder that one can never be Americanized enough to roast a good turkey. Also Christmas lights are mystical objects for which one feels a great love and admiration from a distance; however one never feels the need get them placed at one’s own home to waste one’s electricity. However other words need to be worked on a little bit more. It’s good that I will have the whole month of December to ponder on them.
Since Thanksgiving is here, I will have a simpler list for now. Searching online, I find that many holiday events have interesting names, which can make a nice word list. And here they are:
extravaganza: an elaborate and spectacular entertainment or production. Townships, churches, music departments, big stores can all have their own Holiday Extravaganza.
gala: a social occasion with special entertainments or performances.
wonderland: a land or place full of wonderful things.
lightscape: I don’t think this is a real word although Google thinks it is. It means an illuminated environment.
spectacular: an event such as a pageant or musical, produced on a large scale and with striking effects, such as a Christmas spectacular.
multiverse: The multiverse is a term that scientists use to describe the idea that beyond the observable universe, other universes may exist as well. There is a Holiday Multiverse exhibit in New York City, which shows breathtaking digital views.
jollification: lively celebration with others; merrymaking.
feast: a large meal, typically one in celebration of something.
banquet: an elaborate and formal meal for many people.
boujee: It means a materialistic person. In one Panera Bread store in New York City, there’s a Boujee Brunch event. I really don’t understand what it means. A brunch for a materialistic person?
bake off: a contest in which cooks prepare baked goods such as bread and cakes for judging.
acorn: I’ve never eaten any food made of acorn, but I know it is a common thing here. However it is said that some acorns are toxic and bitter.
gravy: a sauce made from cooked meat juices together with stock and other ingredients. This word has extended its meaning to refer to unexpected money.
bonfire: a large open-air fire used as part of a celebration. It is quite common for college students here to make a bonfire during a camping trip and roast some marshmallows.
High Tech In Celebrations
drones: 500 drones lighted up New York City sky early November. There are more and more drones being used in celebrations nowadays.
holograms: a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source. Some holiday events will deploy holographic Santa to attract visitors.
teleport: transport or be transported across space and distance instantly.
outdoor Christmas light projector: this device lets you decorate the outside of your house with dazzling designs without buying any Christmas decorations.
flameless fire, candle, digital log: I’ve seen this in restaurants and they look so beautiful.
snow machine: Since this winter is pretty warm, one probably needs a snow machine to make some snow.
robot chef: Robot chefs start to appear in New Jersey. There’s a robot cooking burger, another one cooking general Tsao’s Chicken, and yet another one being a waiter. I’ve never visited such a restaurant yet.
food 3D printer: 3D food printing is the process of manufacturing food products using a variety of additive manufacturing techniques. I don’t know what this means. Are these machine printed food eatable?
Can Happen During Holidays
heortophobia: fear of holidays
doronophobia is an irrational fear of opening gifts.
giftophobia: fear of gift giving
holiday blues: the feeling of sadness that occur during the holiday season.
post-holiday blues: feelings of emptiness, sadness, and other negative emotions following the intense rush of the holiday season.
heart attack: There are more fatal heart attacks during the holiday season than any other time of the year.
cold turkey: in a sudden and abrupt manner.