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July 14 2008 11:25 AM

BYOBama

The latest addition to Slate's dictionary of Obamaisms.

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Today's Obamaism:

BYOBama (bee-wahy-oh-BAH-mah) n. A grass-roots campaigning method in which supporters are required to furnish their own Obama paraphernalia.

Example: While campaign staffers generally agree that the signs at BYOBama events lend authenticity on television, they've had to deploy extra volunteers to filter the handmade signs for spelling errors and profanity.

Since Slate first launched its Encyclopedia Baracktannica in February, more than 800 readers have written in with their own Obamaisms, from "Barack Ness Monster" to "Post-Baracalyptic." The best of these entries, along with Slate's original Obama neologisms, are collected in a new book: Obamamania! The English Language, Barackafied, available now.

In conjunction with the publication of the book, we will be publishing a new Obamaism every morning and adding it to the Obamamania widget above, which you can add to your Facebook or MySpace profile or Web site.

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Chris Wilson is a Slate contributor.

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