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  • very true. however the obamaism is happening all over the world.

    inauguration thoughts

  • .... as i've mentioned in earlier emails, it's astonishing how well your 'lf' template serves to offer culturally and historically powerful analytical ammunition vs 'obamaism' ...

    The Corner on National Review Online

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  • It would rhyme with onanism that way, which the man surely inspires in college students across the land.

    May 6, 2009

  • It's an awkward construction, to be sure. I'd think "Obamism" would work better, but who am I to say.

    May 5, 2009

  • I saw this word in a newspaper article today. I presume it means something like "the political philosophy of Barack Obama", but it's not the meaning that interests me, it's the construction of the word.

    Adding the suffix "ism" to a word that ends in a vowel, such as "Obama", seems intuitively wrong. I'd definitely prefer "Obamism", or possibly "Obamatism". I'm not sure why I feel this way, but I suspect it has something to do with the way English handles adjacent vowels.

    How do you guys feel about it?

    May 5, 2009