Daniel and I cringe and wonder whether anyone would dream of sending condolences by e-card, in a conversation about the status of email compared to the letter (will we one day buy The Collected Emails of Famous Author X, for example?). Only one way to find out… and the answer is that top of the list comes a pet bereavement e-card, complete with a choice of literary quotations about eternity and the dog, and Haustiertotenlieder embedded as midi-files. If it’s your pet that’s gone before, and you can’t cope, perhaps you need to enrol on the Coping With Pet Loss E-mail Course. But to show grieving friends you really care, send them a ‘more kleenex‘ card.
All of which shows that being able to guess how weird other people are is a good starting point for Googlewhacks (although our version is slightly different – it uses inverted commas, is competitive, and has a complex scoring system). Nonetheless, I would never have guessed the existence of the collocation time porn. Like many other terms at Wordspy, once you’ve heard it, you wonder how you ever lived without it.