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November 02, 2009


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Hah! Excellent piece, I'll point everyone to it from now on. I had no idea that I was such an early adopter of the term.

Here's the piece last year from MSNBC about it too:

(Check at the 3:25 mark for the mockolate montage.)

When I first started reading I thought you were talking about mocha latte coffees - and assumed that it was a US spelling. But then it all made sense when you mentioned the British accent (although surely the 'rising with indignation' is an Australian thing?).

Over here, we talk about 'mockumentary' films and television - like 'Spinal Tap', 'Best in Show' or 'The Office'. You probably do too, don't you?

And in London there are those who speak 'mockney', which is a fake cockney accent used by people who are pretending to be less well educated than they really are. People use it to try and blend in - I've tried using it myself but, sadly, it didn't work.

@The Dangling Modifier: Yes, we've used "mockumentary" on this side of the pond since at least the 1980s.

For a comprehensive and amusing list of "mock-" coinages, see Urban Dictionary. My favorites are mocksucker and mockward: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mockward

The Dangling Modifier - Mockney is a great word! We have something similar in the states but no great term for it - it's that urban gangsta speak, sometimes mixed with some Spanish. (It's rather amusing to see gangly pre-teens from rural Oklahoma use it.)

Arrgh I hate that stuff, a taste that's 90% sugar and 10% chocolate. Boycott Mocolate!

No wait, that sounds like a George Bernard Shaw character!

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