Coining a new word

Printbarrassment. n. A state of unease experienced by magazines when running reviews of obsolete products after they are no longer offered for sale. "It's a little on the pricey side" — Entrepreneur magazine, reviewing the Palm Foleo, not available at any price.

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6 Responses to Coining a new word

  1. Rob Beschizza says:

    This month’s Wired reviews the last-gen MacBook Pro, too! Woops!

  2. sammich says:

    The ebb tide’s probably worth recording too… In the greater scheme…

  3. meegs says:

    When I saw that word…I thought it was going to be defined as “the embarrassment encountered when printing something inappropriate to a shared printer”
    oh wells….maybe we need a new word for that…

  4. Anonymous says:

    In case anyone’s wondering. The review at hand was published October, 2007 – a full month after the Foleo was axed.

  5. loganbouchard says:


    it sounds right when saying it, but it doesn’t quite look right.

  6. Rob Beschizza says:

    Perhaps sprintbarrassment, because one inevitably sprints toward the printer when one realizes what one has done, hoping to get to it in time.

    Normally followed by prinnocence, the affectation of carefree innocence when one realized one has not gotten to the printer in time.

    And, upon discovery, prinsouciance: a resolute devil-may-care attitude to the revelation that one is indeed the source of the printout in question.

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