You know, two months ago, when Thorbjorn Jagland announced that I had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, I said that I was “humbled.” Today I have several other words: “Baffled.” “Incredulous.” “Slightly-very-irritated.”We could use a few new Norwegian loanwords. I mean, lutefisk works for us up here in the Upper Midwest, but ...
But ultimately, conventional adjectives fail to convey the powerful rush of emotions one experiences at receiving such a surprising and politically tone-deaf honor. And so I have invented a new word: it’s called “thorbjorn.” As in, “Wow, those Scandinavians completely thorbjorned my hard-earned political capital.” I know, it’s not the best name.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
OK, this one probably won't stick, but it's kinda cute. Yoni Brenner's piece in the NYT this morning puts a coinage in Obama's mouth: