The word 'Frankenstorm' took the weather news by force late last week as Hurricane Sandy approached the East Coast. The Internet also zoned in on the monster term with memes and parody Twitter accounts that help propel Frankenstorm into everyday language. The number of citations only increased as the massive storm moved closer to landfall, allowing 'Frankenstorm' to pass the minimum criteria to be considered an official English-language word.
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Austin-based word trend watches Global Language Monitor announced the distinction on Monday.
"Frankenstorm crossed those threshold earlier today with tens of thousands of references in the global media,” Paul JJ Payack, president and chief word analyst of GLM, said in a press release.
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The hybrid word is an allusion to Mary Shelley's character from her novel Frankenstein. Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates his monster, which is then referred to as merely "the monster" throughout the book. James Cisco, a forecaster at the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center, coined the the hurricane's unofficial name.
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