A noted (amongst aficionados) nauseatingly twee tic of scripts in the latter days of 'Buffy' was a promiscuous use of nonce-adjectives formed by the addition of ‘-y' to words and phrases. ‘Out-of-the-loop-y' is one I remember with particular fondness. Not.

Now, it seems, the revolting practice has spread to the New York Times (1). In an op-ed piece by Maureen Dowd, one reads
‘Mr. Bush looked buck-passy when he denied that the White House, which throws up PowerPoint slogans behind his head on TV, was behind the "Mission Accomplished" banner.'
(She even omits the hyphen, jolting the reader into racking his brain for the significance of the word ‘passy'.)
Is this an isolated instance?
(1) http://nytimes.com/2003/10/30/opinion/30DOWD.html
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‘Mr. Bush looked buck-passy when he denied that the White House, which throws up PowerPoint slogans behind his head on TV, was behind the "Mission Accomplished" banner.' Is this an isolated instance?

That is *so* not an isolated instance....r
A noted (amongst aficionados) nauseatingly twee tic of scripts in the latter days of 'Buffy' was a promiscuous use of ... hyphen, jolting the reader into racking his brain for the significance of the word ‘passy'.) Is this an isolated instance?

Ms Dowd is a columnist. (An interesting one, too) In that capacity, she can legitimately play fast and loose with English. I don't particularly care for this example, but it is not The End Of Civilized Writing As We Know It.
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‘Mr. Bush looked buck-passy when he denied that the White ... behind the "Mission Accomplished" banner.' Is this an isolated instance?

That is *so* not an isolated instance....r

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Could this thread *be* any more self-referential?...r
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Could this thread *be* any more self-referential?...r

Those in the dark here may want to consult a new book from Oxford University Press entitled Slayer Slang: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon , by Michael Adams (Professor of English, Albright College). Here's a review of the book by Michael Quinion, which discusses linguistic innovations such as the "-y" formation (as in "buck-passy"):

http://www.worldwidewords.org/reviews/re-sla1.htm
The OUP website gives sample entries for "bitca", "break and enterish", "carbon-dated", and of course "cuddle-monkey":
http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/?view=usa&ci=0195160339

And as more evidence of the wide-ranging influence of BtVS on modern usage, here's a recent addition to the online OED:

much, a., adv., pron., and n.
B. adv.

1. h. colloq. (orig. U.S., freq. ironic). With a precedingadjective, infinitive verb, or noun phrase, forming an elliptical comment or question.
The use was popularized by the film Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and the television series derived from it.1988 D. WATERS Heathers (film script) 15 God Veronica, droolmuch? His name's Jason Dean. 1988 D. WATERS Heathers (film script) 86 Heather Duke. It was J.D.'s idea! He made out the signature sheet and everything. Now will you sign it. Veronica. (queasy) No. Heather Duke. Jealous much? 1992 J. WHEDON Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (film script) 8 A stranger, walking the other way, bumps into Buffy, doesn't stop... Buffy. Excuse much! Not rude or anything.

1992 J. WHEDON Buffy, the Vampire Slayer (film script) 25 Pike and Benny have entered the diner, quite drunk... Kimberly (to the other girls) Smell of booze much. 1998 M. BURGESS & R. GREEN Isabella in Sopranos (television shooting script) 1st Ser. 1 42 Anthony Jr. Probably I can't go to that dance now either. Meadow. God, self-involved much? 2001 Cosmopolitan Dec. 178 You've seen them: the kinds of couples who finish each other's sentences... Jealous much? Damn right.
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Those in the dark here may want to consult a new book from Oxford University Press entitled Slayer Slang: ... review of the book by Michael Quinion, which discusses linguistic innovations such as the "-y" formation (as in "buck-passy"):= http://www.worldwidewords.org/reviews/re-sla1.htm

Wonderful, thanks. A Christmas present for Daughter.

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