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.
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