Inaugalypse: A neologism, compounded from inauguration and apocalypse, to describe the blizzard of events surrounding the inauguration Tuesday of the 44th U.S. president, Barack Obama.
I first encountered Inaugalypse in a Twitter post by Ana Marie Cox, who today becomes Air America Media's first national correspondent based in Washington, DC. Listen for her Inaugalypse coverage on your local Air America radio station.
So far, a search for Inaugalypse reveals only seven matches, several of them linking to Ms. Cox. A few, however, link to two other DC bloggers: Ahlan wa Cheerio and Fizzawrites. This post will probably become number eight, unless someone beats me to it.
-alypse is a moderately productive morpheme, yielding (partial list) Iraqalypse, HipHopalypse, quarterbackalypse, clusterfuckalypse, a-shlock-alypse, and epoch-alypse. There's also Apocalypso (the title of an album and a novel) and Apocalypstick, which shows up in a book title (The Palin Prophecies: Apocalypstick Now!), in a song title, and in the name of a smart, well-written (and, alas, defunct) blog about beauty and makeup, Apocalypstick Now.
Other inauga- combinations have included Inaugapalooza (used only, as far as I can tell, in connection with the weeklong celebration in 2007 of the inauguration of Emporia State University's president) and Inaugarama (possibly coined by the authors of the Democratic Diva blog).