Charlie Sheen inspires new word

Charlie Sheen is on a roll. Whether you think he’s gone bonkers or is simply crazy like a fox, Charlie’s captured the attention of millions of people.

Today he was formally fired from the top rated TV show Two and a Half Men but managed to create an instant online persona with over 2 million followers on Twitter as he popularized the phrases “winning” and “tiger’s blood.”  He’s also doing “Sheen’s Korner” using a webcam and looking like a man in deep need of counseling.

But that’s just Charlie Sheen’s life during the past week .

Less recently, the Los Angeles Times Ministry of Gossip wrote about Sheen’s episodes inAspen, Las Vegas, the Plaza Hotel and that “extremely public divorce from Denise Richards” made the cut, as did the two-day house party that put Mr. Tiger Blood in the hospital in January and sparked his short-lived “in-home rehab” attempt.”

So- Let me be the first to propose a new word for the English language.
sheen, verb- a : to make unclean: as (1) : to add dirt, impurities, or extraneous matter (2) : to introduce corruption
— sheen up one’s act
: to behave in an unacceptable manner < I really got sheened last night>
Synonyms: besmirch, dirty, foul, soil, spot, stain, sully

Here’s to you Charlie Sheen. And please get some help real soon.


About Bernard McCoy

My views are my own and not a reflection of my employer. I'm a professor of Journalism at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I've also been a working journalist for the past 29 years. I have covered news stories in war zones, reported on human and natural disasters, presidential conventions, a presidential inauguration and the September 11th, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center in New York City. My career experiences include work as an award-winning documentary producer, television news reporter, photographer, producer, and anchor. I worked at WIBW-TV, Topeka, KS., KCTV, Kansas City, MO, WKBD-TV, Detroit, MI., WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. and WBNS-TV, Columbus, OH. I have also worked as a contributing reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, Associated Press, CBS, CNN, the Ohio News Network and lecture at the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communications. I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a master’s degree in telecommunications management from Michigan State University.
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2 Responses to Charlie Sheen inspires new word

  1. It’s been interesting, albeit sad, to watch Charlie’s downward spiral during the past week. I just hope for the best for the sake of his family.

  2. G Lo says:

    Reminds me of a story about a river in Africa that runs through Egypt. I think he is taking the “Let them eat cake” perspective. Onward through the fog Charlie. Hope you survive the trip, Enjoy the fall.

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