Thursday, February 11, 2010
A Brief History of 'Snowmageddon'
Following a lead from a Facebook response I saw on a friend's comment, I thought I had discovered the origin of the term Snowmageddon from a
1998 2008 storm in Minnesota HERE. However, being a linguist, I decided to follow-up a bit. Of course, I started with Mark Davies' BYU Corpora, but had no luck discovering the term. Then I did some Googling/Binging. In fact, the earliest instance of the term I could find comes from that distant year 2007 HERE. 2008 seems to have been a banner year for the term across the whole country. Numerous examples follow: