HOPEIUM – noun as used in this article from Big Journalism:
posted by Ron FutrellIt can be a powerful drug. I’ve seen many of my media friends swept off their feet by its incredible power and influence. Hopeium. Oh, the mere sight or sound of the junk can cause the most callous and caustic reporter to wither and melt like Nancy Pelosi during a free Botox party.The first time the media heard Barack Obama use the phrase “Hope”, they were hooked.It explains what caused NBC’s Chris Matthews to get the “thrill up going up my leg”, as Barack Obama spoke. It explains why ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and his wife cried on Inauguration Day. Maybe it explains what Evan Thomas of Newsweek was thinking when he proclaimed Obama is, “sort of god.” Here’s the full quote so you have the context:
I mean in a way Obama’s standing above the country, above – above the world, he’s sort of God.Timothy Leary would love this. That’s some powerful stuff. High on hopeium.
I like this new word, it’s very descriptive word for what happened. Read it all.