Friday, September 5, 2008

Defining 'hockey mom'

To answer Dan's recent question about a definition for hockey mom, I consulted my two favorite modern linguistic specialists: Wikipedia and UrbanDictionary.

I'm afraid both have beat us to the punch by indirectly defining the term. Thanks to some recent editing - "hockey mom" auto-redirects Wikipedia visitors to soccer mom entry and already notes Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin's reference. Labeling it as a blue-collar variety of the suburban soccer mom.

UrbanDictionary does Wikipedia one better. It has no entry for hockey mom but instead defines a hockey milf, as a "hot hockey mom." This suggests the terms is already well-known in our society and already ready for more iterations.

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