We stand on the eve of the weekend closing of 10 miles of the I-405 freeway in Los Angeles (for construction), an event — often referred to now in the media as (the) Carmageddon — that has thrown Angelenos into dread and confusion.
The portmanteau carmageddon (with the element –mageddon rapidly gaining libfix status) got a mention on this blog back in February, in connection with a Zippy cartoon. And now Barry Popik, on his blog, has given a fuller treatment of it, along with carpocalypse.
But there’s more: karmageddon (karma + armageddon).
First, the beginning of Popik’s piece:
“Carmageddon” (car + armageddon) is the title of a computer game, trademarked since 1997; “Carpocalyse Now”(car + apocalypse) is the title of a computer game, trademarked since 1998. Both “carmageddon” and “carpocalypse” have been used in many others ways, such as describing car crashes or disastrous car sales.
In 1998, a New York City group called “Carmaggedon” fought for bicyclists against cars in a battle for New York City’s streets. In 2007, Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, called New York’s traffic situation “Carmageddon.”
In July 2011, both “carmageddon” and “carpocalypse” were used to describe the traffic problems in Los Angeles, California, by the 10-mile closing of the 405 freeway.
On to karmageddon. An enormous number of hits, many of them musical. For instance, a record label:
Karmageddon Media (previously known as Hammerheart Records) was a Dutch independent record label specializing in death metal, black metal, doom metal and folk metal bands from around the world. The label is incorporated in the Netherlands as Hammerheart Holdings B.V. (link)
and a cd Karmaggedon, mixed by Goan dj Goa Gil, details as follows:
Label: Avatar Records
Released: Apr 2005
I hope that no one is suggesting that Angelenos are getting what they deserve in this weekend’s Carmageddon.