‘Obamalujah!’ Know your Barackisms

First there was “Obamamania,” punctured in places by naysayers crying “Nobama!”

Now, as President-elect Barack Obama prepares for the White House, his message of change, resounding both at home and abroad, seems to have unleashed a barrage of Barackisms. Or maybe they should be called Obamanyms.

Here’s a glossary, culled from Web sites, news reports and the blogosphere:

Obamaphoria: The postelection rapture that swept over Obama’s supporters worldwide.

Obamanation: A twist on “abomination,” expressed by evangelicals and other conservatives who oppose Obama’s stance on abortion, gay marriage and other social issues.

Obamarama: The celebrations around the Jan. 20, 2009, inauguration.

Obamanos: A play on “Vamonos,” or “Let’s go,” among Obama fans in Mexico.

Obamalujah: Exultation shouted by his fans.

Obamatrons: The policy wonks who will occupy the West Wing of his White House.

Obamascope: Media scrutiny of the new leader. (Example: “One hundred days after Barack Obama took office, newspaper editors put the president’s economic plan under the Obamascope.”)

Obamalicious: Complimentary term used by those who like Obama’s looks.

Obamaloha: Goodbye, Obama-style, with a nod to Hawaii, his birthplace.

Oh-Bama: Joyful exclamation, via headlines in the Kennebec, Maine, Journal, The Register-Guard in Eugene, Ore., and The Namibian, from the southern African country of Namibia.

Bamelot: Description of his presidency, from a New York Post headline that played on the youth and freshness of John F. Kennedy’s administration that came to be known as “Camelot.”

Barackstar: Description from those who believe Obama is “the Mick Jagger of politics” (from Slate.com).