11/05/2012 06:06 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Words That Shaped Last Week: 'Hurricane Sandy,' 'Chris Christie,"' and 'Michael Bloomberg'

By Juli Weiner, Vanity Fair


For your edification, a look back at the phrases, nouns, and neologisms that have, for better or for worse, shaped the week's national discourse.

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Chris Christie [kris kris-tee], noun: The undeniably magnetic, appealing, and genuine (for this week, anyway!) New Jersey governor who won the hearts of people of all political persuasions by looking super-competent while hanging out with Barack Obama, rescheduling Halloween, and yelling at the bratty, unfocused children who host Fox and Friends.

Michael Bloomberg [myk-uhl bloom-berg], noun: The New York City mayor who received mixed responses to his begrudging endorsement of Barack Obama and his perhaps insensitive decision to decline to reschedule this Sunday's New York Marathon.

ConEd [kahn-ed], noun: The New York electricity supplier that, five days after suffering a generator explosion, will return power to many customers in Manhattan and Brooklyn by tonight or tomorrow. Or else.

Lucasfilm [loo-kus-film], noun: The $4 billion property of the Walt Disney Company. Darth Vader and the teacup from Beauty and the Beast: colleagues at last.

Skyfall [sky-fawl], noun: The latest (and, arguably, greatest!) film in the James Bond franchise; unlikely inspiration for highly specific theme-weddings.

Kate Moss [kayt maws], noun: Vanity Fair's ethereal December cover subject.

Frasier Crane [frey-zhur krayn], noun: What at least one blogger has been privately calling the construction equipment dangling off the 57th Street super-condo.

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