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April 9th, 2015
Episode 161 of 797 episodes
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 09, 2015 is: bicoastal \bye-KOAST-ul\ adjective : of or relating to or living or working on both the east and west coasts of the United States Examples: Richard and Laura had become a bicoastal couple, often shuttling between their primary home in New York and their vacation ranch in San Diego. "Mish grew up in Southern California and now lives near the Chesapeake Bay. She uses those bicoastal influences to inspire her beachy, nautical designs." Zoë Read, Baltimore Sun, January 1, 2015 Did you know? Bicoastal is a word whose meaning shifted in the 1970s to reflect our mobile society. Prior to that, the term was occasionally used in general contexts involving both coasts (as in "a bicoastal naval defense"). These days bicoastal is almost always associated with people who make frequent trips between one coast and the other. An article with a Los Angeles dateline published in The New York Times in 1983 declared bicoastal to be "a popular term among an affluent, mobile set of Angelenos." But Angelenos weren't the only ones using the termby that time, the word had already been appearing in national magazines.