Oxford Word of the Year: Hypermiling

Travel Blog  •  Michael Yessis  •  11.11.08 | 12:21 PM ET

As we’ve mentioned, it’s defined as the art of squeezing maximum mileage per gallon of fuel driving in one’s car. Congrats to the man who coined it, Wayne Gerdes. Another travel-related word that made Oxford’s 2008 shortlist: the one that shall no longer be named.

4 Comments for Oxford Word of the Year: Hypermiling

Eva Holland 11.11.08 | 4:08 PM ET

Did you see that “luchador” made the shortlist, too? It’s almost as though the OUP is taking its cues from World Hum…

Ling 11.12.08 | 11:08 AM ET

Your hypermiling club just got one more new member. I’m gonna dig up all the different ways to hypermile and hopefully some of them will become a habit.

Grizzly Bear Mom 11.12.08 | 1:26 PM ET

I love it.  Let’s coin lots of terms that encourage us to be gentler to the earth and each other.  I’ve been using mass transit for 24 years-now I carpool to double my hypermilage ability.

M.P. 11.12.08 | 11:21 PM ET

Hypermiling doesn’t deserve elevated status as a word or as an idea.  I am a very green consumer and I cannot stress enough how “hypermiling” is, in the aggregate, horribly UNgreen and downright dangerous.  While gentler driving and planned decelerations would do everyone some good, coasting—sometimes with the car off!—and allowing speeds to drag to a crawl is a public safety nightmare.  Crashes, injuries, ambulance rides, and scrapped cars are not green.

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