I was amused to find the unusually lengthy word, “Cliffpocalypsemageddonacaust” in Maureen Dowd’s article titled “Watch Out Below!” in December 15 NY-Times. Dowd admits she used a word invented by Jon Stewart:
"We have reached the quivering moment of truth that Jon Stewart calls “Cliffpocalypsemageddonacaust.” Other metaphors have been suggested: “fiscal obstacle course,” “debt bomb,” “austerity bomb.” But we’re stuck in the year of cliffian thinking."
Comedy Central (Nov 30) carries the lede, “The Daily Show on the looming Cliffpocalypsemageddonacaust” with Jon Stewart’s comment:
"There's an asteroid headed toward the Earth. We made it and fired it at ourselves. Because otherwise we would never have done the hard work required to protect ourselves from asteroids."
I suppose this lengthy compound word simply means Armageddon - the end of the world, and I don’t think it’s an important, practical, and long-abiding word that I ought to stock in my vocabluary. But what are the redundant components of this word?
Is the word used particularly in the context of financial cliff, or other disasters like the onslaught of asteroids?
Additionally, is “cliffian” an accepted English word?