neologism time

April 21, 2009

Well today I came across a good new word, in an article about the death of Ian Tomlinson at the recent G20 unhappiness in London, and the state of British policing in general: testeria.

Built directly on the foundation of the outmoded, anatomically ridiculous ‘hysteria’, ‘testeria’ has an apparently greater claim to bodily relevance, referring as it does to those testosterone-fuelled raging enthusiasms for violence that many men seem prone to, and have come to characterise the expected behaviour of the police involved in crowd control.

I’m just waiting for the adjective to come into vogue – “settle down, you’re getting testerical!”, or the substantive “pay him no mind, he’s always been a bit of a testeric…”



  1. wendy likes this

  2. It would get a lot of use in the football commentaries.

  3. I love it! Gender prejudice come full circle.

  4. How about: “I’m not getting testerical, I’m just feeling a little testy!”

  5. That’s what she said!

  6. Hee hee!

  7. Not so new, perhaps – there is a Brunswick cartoon from September 1994 that uses the term: http://brunswick.comicgenesis.com/d/20021208.html
    although this earlier use is perhaps slightly less macho…

    • Ooh, thanks for that Coco!
      I think you’re right about the nuance of meaning with this version, though – it seems to be used as a direct synonym for hysterical, rather than having aggressively masculine overtones.

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