By Dana Hartline
ATLANTA (April 24, 2009) - Anyone following discussions about The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (aka the economic stimulus package) has undoubtedly heard the word shovel-ready--numerous times. It's quickly become the buzzword to define projects or initiatives that should be (or want to be) funded.
Wikipedia only offers a brief, three-sentence definition including notation of the utterance of the words by President Barack Obama in December of 2008 in a Meet the Press interview that likely became the trigger moment for shovel-ready becoming one of the most frequently used adjectives in stimulus conversation. In fact, by early January, the Washington Post was already calling shovel-ready the Obama buzzword that "hit pay dirt."
Look it up today and you'll likely find:
- More than 2,000 pieces of news coverage mentioning shovel ready over the past month--including more than 350 in the past wee
- Approximately 42,500 blog posts on the topic (add one more with this post)
Roughly 715,000 mentions throughout the Web
Shovel ready isn't yet in Merriam-Webster's dictionary, but perhaps it should be. In fact, I think I'll submit it to their open dictionary now. Agh, it looks like someone beat me to it on December 30. Darn you, J.C. Moore of Pennsylvania.