The latest addition to Slate's dictionary of Obamaisms.
Obamino effect (oh-BOM-uh-noh i-FECKT) n. An unfortunate consequence of an Obama supporter fainting in awe in the middle of a tightly packed arena.
Example: Because the Briggs Arena was filled to capacity, Ethel's collapse at the first sight of the candidate caused an Obamino effect that sent supporters everywhere sprawling.
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.
Chris Wilson is a Slate contributor.