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Annoying Americanism of the week
It's bad enough that we caught America's credit crunch. Now we're catching its by-products. From The Times:
It sounds like a cross between a games console and an embarrassing medical condition, but Britons are about to embrace it as their answer to saving money on summer holidays.
Welcome to the “staycation”, which experts expect to be the trend as families who cancel or cut back their holiday plans opt to stay at home during their summer break.
"Staycation" is twice cursed. First, the British don't have vacations, we have holidays. Second, the coinage splits the original word in the wrong place and sounds ugly. If people are forced to stay at home, don't they have more time to invent better words?
By the way, if a couple argues about holiday plans, would this be an altercation?