'Lin-sanity' becomes part of the English language

by Camille Naredo, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Feb 23 2012 06:00 PM | Updated as of Feb 24 2012 04:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – He revived the New York Knicks and became one of the fastest rising stars in the NBA. Now, Jeremy Lin has another achievement after the word 'Lin-sanity' was recognized as part of the English language.

Lin-sanity, "the excitement generated by the rapid ascension of the undrafted, unheralded, 23-year-old Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks basketball team," has been recognized as an English language word by the Global Language Monitor (GLM).

"Lin-sanity, following the ascension of the word 'tebowing' so quickly, might herald the beginning of a linguistic fad, where the names of sports personalities are blended with conventional terms," said Paul JJ Payack, GLM president and chief word analyst.

Blending the names of sports stars with ordinary words create "interesting new word forms that convey the achievement, personality or other characteristic of the competitor," Payack added.

Last December 2011, 'Tebowing' – the act of taking a knee in prayerful reflection in the midst of an athletic activity – entered the English language.

The word developed after Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow was photographed kneeling in prayer after his team’s victory against the Miami Dolphins.

GLM recognizes new words after they meet the criteria of 25,000 citations across the breadth of the English-speaking world. It requires "depth of usage in books, journals and periodicals, on the Internet, blogosphere, social media and in the top 75,000 global and electronic media."

'Linsanity' has surpassed all these criteria, GLM said.

The Knicks have won eight of their last 10 games, and most recently defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 99-82, behind 17 points and nine assists from Lin. They are set to face one of the league'’s best teams, the Miami Heat, on Friday.

Lin has also been chosen to participate in the NBA's Rising Stars Challenge during the All-Star Weekend in Orlando.