I puzzled over the first line of the article of December 9’s Time magazine titled "Des Moines Dust-Up", which reads;
'12ers (minus Huntsman) square-off at Drake University for ABC News/Yahoo! News/WOI-TV/Des Moines Register/Iowa GOP debate from 9 - 11 pm ET.
As it didn’t occur to me that 12ers means 2012 Presidential candidates (until I reasoned it out by the context), I searched for definitions of 12ers on Google, and found that only Wikipedia provides the following definition:
‘12"ers’ is a 1987/1988 remix album released by Phil Collins. The album contains six tracks from his 1985 hit album, No Jacket required, remixed.....
Is 12ers widely-accepted as the word representing for 2012 presidential candidates? Do Americans immediately associate 12ers with Presidential candidates, not Phil Collins’ album?
Is this word automatically renewed every 4 years as 04ers, 08ers, 16ers, 20ers, and n＋4ers without public consensus?