Tuesday, August 7, 2007

New Tourism Industry Vocabulary

If you don't know what "red-eye flight" and "missionary routes" mean, just look it up on Google. Here are some unique terms that will beef up your tourism lingo. The frequency that you will use these words in everyday life will determine how you love to travel.

arm restle
n. the ongoing battle waged with your seatmate over the middle armrest. Maneuvers include elbogartingrecline and conquer (capturing the armrest during feigned or actual sleep). (slow advance of the elbow to gain ground) and

flight dependent
n. neighboring passenger who, flying solo, turns to you in search of company/a drinking partner/a date.

gabbin pressure
n. sense of obligation to chat to the passenger next to you during a flight. ("I'm just recovering from gabbin pressure - I sat next to a real flight dependent.")

John the Laptist
n. the guy in front of you who reclines his seat until his head is in your lap.

mathzheimer's
n. the inability to calculate a foreign exchange rate without elaborate financial and/or tech support.

touron
n. tourist + moron. ("Don't even bother with the Louvre on a Saturday. It's overrun with tourons.")

travelanche
n. the state of affairs when one little thing goes wrong and then everything snowballs toward disaster. ("It started as a minor delay in Seattle and ended up a full-blown travelanche involving lost luggage, bad airport food, and dire intestinal consequences.")

U.S.O.
n. unidentified stained object; mysterious mark on hotel carpet or bedding. ("Alexis refuses to stay at subpar hotels due to her intense fear of U.S.O.'s.")



got this from fellow blogger Gimikera Is In.

4 comments:

ian said...

rotfl@ John the Laptist!

the travails of an economy class passenger! =0

J@n!ce said...

Carlo, I enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for the visit & the link. I've done likewise.
I love your blog title.... It is creative of you to have thought of that. Hope to see you again :)

kegler747 said...

@ doc ian: thanks

@ j@n!ce: thanks also

dodongflores said...

That's funny and very interesting!!!