The last word on ne­ol­o­gisms

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The lat­est lot of mad­ness to land in my email in-box is a press re­lease tout­ing the benefits of “gliking” which ap­par­ently is a the nifty new term for glam­our bik­ing and hik­ing.

So, it is not enough that we have glamp­ing and gramp­ing (be care­ful not to con­fuse the two), flash­packer and bratpacker (ditto), baby­moon and other such ir­ri­tants pop­ping up in myr­iad hol­i­day pro­grams and pro­mo­tions but yet more are con­stantly be­ing in­vented. Bleisure, or busi­ness and leisure, is do­ing the rounds but let’s hope it swings out the clos­est ho­tel re­volv­ing door and is never heard of again. Th­ese terms are ne­ol­o­gisms, or words not in com­mon cur­rency, bur I fear they won’t stay that way.

Travel is not the only in­dus­try to be so in­flicted – look at such id­io­cies as bro­mance and man flu and don’t get me started on real-es­tate lingo. But those words va­ca­tion and tourism, in par­tic­u­lar, do lend them­selves so per­fectly to pre­fixes of all stripes. There are man­ca­tions for the chaps, all-girl mum­ca­tions, and stay­ca­tions for those hol­i­day­ing at home (this is very out of favour, I am told, as it is so as­so­ci­ated with post-GFC fall­out) and spaca­tions. Ven­ture is an­other handy suf­fix – wit­ness the rise of ed­u­ca­tion hol­i­days, or edven­tures.

Who knows when the list will end but let’s hope it’s the same day ev­ery sec­ond ho­tel stops call­ing it­self bou­tique or niche or life­style-driven or res­i­den­tial or, in­creas­ingly, the lot.

A few do make some sense, how­ever. Vol­un­tourism has gained trac­tion while eco­tourism dates back to at least the 1980s. Soft adventure has long re­ferred to ac­tiv­ity-based hol­i­days with a safety net of com­fort, good food and flush­ing loo, and let’s hope it stays that way. Last year, the Thai tourism au­thor­i­ties came up with ideas and con­tests for “hon­ey­teer­ing”, sug­gest­ing hon­ey­moon cou­ples could add a bit of vol­un­teer­ing to the ro­man­tic mix, which would be the bee’s knees (“we got so much love to give …”) if it weren’t so gim­micky.

I thought I would come up with a few of my own word col­li­sions to add to the gen­eral may­hem. Slidling is one, and by that I do not mean edg­ing side­ways like a crab but sleep­ing and idling, which is what I did a tiny bit of last week in The Mal­dives, when I was not gawk­ling, which is snorkelling and gawk­ing at im­pos­si­bly colour­ful fish. An­other term that could well be ap­plied to un­der­wa­ter view­ing is “sit-down snorkelling”, which is what you do when you are en­sconced (depend­ing on your des­ti­na­tion) in an over­wa­ter bure or villa or bun­ga­low with a glass panel inset in the floor so you are able to ad­mire the marine life be­low with­out the need for rub­bery ap­pa­ra­tuses or even get­ting wet. Glam­our div­ing? Would that be gliv­ing? Are we about to be in­flicted with glamyak­ing?

So, will I don fash­ion-for­ward Ly­cra, grab tech-savvy walk­ing poles and turn into a gliker this win­ter? Ha, un­likely. I am def­i­nitely an old-fash­ioned piker.

Slidling is one, and by that I do not mean edg­ing side­ways like a crab but sleep­ing and idling

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