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Zombie Words

Zombies are everywhere. From books and movies, to phone apps and video games, they roam our culture, looking for more brains to occupy. Yes, if zombies had a slogan, it would be Occupy Brains.

The meme is proving so popular that even government-related agencies jumped on the wagon.

First, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted an article on its blog in May, 2011, to inform people how to prepare for zombies.

The Homeland Security Department, eager to be on top of things, released a warning of its own last month, telling people to prepare for a zombie attack.

And Halo Corp, a security firm hosting a counter-terrorism summit between Oct 29 and Nov 2 in San Diego, is featuring a ‘zombie-apocalypse scenario’ on Halloween.

All these tongue-in-cheek scenarios are, to be fair, genius publicity stunts to get people focused on emergency preparations in the event of natural disasters, disease outbreaks, or mass violence.

I’ve been on the zombie trail, too, looking out for the living dead wherever they may be hiding. So far I’ve found some in feature films, cities, ants, infographics, dictatorships, biological cells and consumerist society.

The latest sighting was today [Halloween]. I found a bunch of zombies lurking deep inside the English language where they were preoccupied with the indeterminate replication of derivative terminologies to the point where all excitation had been consumed.

In other words, I found them inside words that sounded important but said nothing.

Check them out! They won’t scare you witless, but they’ll nibble on your brains and send you to sleep.