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Originally published November 8, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified November 8, 2008 at 12:17 AM

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A barrage of Barackisms

As President-elect Barack Obama prepares for the White House, his message of change, resounding at home and abroad, seems to have unleashed a barrage of Barackisms. Or maybe they should be called Obamanyms.

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First there was "Obamamania," punctured in places by naysayers crying "Nobama!"

As President-elect Barack Obama prepares for the White House, his message of change, resounding at home and abroad, seems to have unleashed a barrage of Barackisms. Or maybe they should be called Obamanyms.

Here's a glossary, culled from Web sites, news reports and the blogosphere:

Obamaphoria: The postelection rapture that swept over Obama's supporters worldwide.

Obamanation: A twist on "abomination," expressed by evangelicals and other conservatives who oppose Obama's stance on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues.

Obamarama: The celebrations around the Jan. 20 inauguration.

Obamanos: A play on "Vámonos," or "Let's go," among Obama fans in Mexico.

Obamatopia: The political paradise that Obama's staunchest supporters hope he'll usher in.

Obamalujah: Exultation shouted by his fans.

Obamatrons: The policy wonks who will occupy the West Wing of his White House.

Obamascope: Media scrutiny of the new leader.

Obamanator: Hollywood-inspired nickname for the new president, even if he's got what California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger contends are "skinny legs" and "scrawny little arms."

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Obamalicious: Complimentary term used by those who like Obama's looks.

Obamaloha: Goodbye, Obama-style, with a nod to Hawaii, his birthplace.

Oh-bama: Joyful exclamation, via headlines in the Kennebec, Maine, Journal, The Register Guard in Eugene, Ore., and The Namibian, from the southern African country of Namibia.

Bamelot: Description of his presidency, from a New York Post headline that played on the youth and freshness of John Kennedy's administration, which came to be known as "Camelot."

Obamerika: Headline from the Croatian newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija.

Barackstar: Description from those who believe Obama is "the Mick Jagger of politics" (from Slate.com).

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