Press: Hyattsvilification Defined

New word created to describe area attitudes about Prince George’s County sparks local discussion.

By Michael Theis (View FULL STORY online on Patch)

The message began in grave tones. “The fight for our identity in the hearts and minds of the Washington Metro Region has new entered a new level of battlefield,” read an alert posted to the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation’s Facebook page. The cause of this consternation? The word Hyattsvilification. It is a new neologism, the combination of Hyattsville and vilification, published in the Washington Posts’ Style Invitational Report on July 12. The popular language feature invited readers to create new words for some small prizes.

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