Category Archives: Word of the Week

Word of the Week: DOORKS

DOORKS /DORRKZ/ noun: Inexperienced train riders who, when attempting to move from car to car through the interior doors, pull, then push, then pull, then lock, then unlock, then push and pull again, before stepping aside to allow a more experienced … Continue reading

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Coming to ‘Terms’ With Commuting

So as I’ve blathered about endlessly, I’ve come up with some 70 words and phrases, with help from some friends, about the commuting life. I put them in, as I’ve blathered about endlessly, a little book called The New York … Continue reading

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Where to Find Your Tramnesia, Your Booze it or Lose It

We had a new entry to our compendium of transit-related neologisms/mash-ups/made up terms yesterday for the people who fake sleep on the train so you don’t ask them to made the window seat available, so it’s worth mentioning that the … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: SCHWAG HAGS

SCHWAG HAGS noun: The people who hand out free stuff–protein bars, juice samples, and assorted trinkets and toys–outside Grand Central Terminal, as their employers for the day seek to woo the tastemakers and trendsetters who ride Metro-North. Usage: While waiting … Continue reading

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Trainjotting Dabbles in Dead-Tree Media

A book is coming soon(ish). It will look like this. When the time is right, I hope you will buy it, enjoy it, share it with friends. More details to follow. ACCIDENTAL TOURIST: ACKS-sidd-dental TORR-IST noun: Falling asleep on the commute and … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: ASSENGERS

ASSENGERS ASS-en-jerz noun: Infrequent train riders with no knowledge of,  or no respect for, the customs, manners and mores of the seasoned daily commuter; identifiable by their loud conversations, occupation of multiple seats, and sudden inability to find their ticket … Continue reading

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Word of the Week: HEINEKENVIOUS

HEINEKENVIOUS HINE-i-KEN-vee-uhs adjective: Pangs of jealousy one feels when opting not to buy a beer for the train ride, then sitting across from a person who appears to be enjoying their adult beverage immensely. Usage: I decided not to buy … Continue reading

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