'Occupy' protests give birth to new catchphrase

'Occupy' protests give birth to new catchphrase

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Nancy Nobriga joins about two dozen protesters, some in Sesame Street costumes, outside the National Summit on Education Reform on Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, in San Francisco. The conference is organized by the Foundation for Excellence in Education which champions school vouchers, charter schools and performance pay for teachers. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

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by MICHAEL HILL

Associated Press

Posted on October 27, 2011 at 9:29 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Occupy Wall Street has inspired campaigns, spoofs and headlines that have nothing to do with the social protest in Manhattan.

Some occupy "movements" live on the Web, like "Occupy Sesame Street" with its digitally altered pictures of Elmo, Grover and the gang being hauled off by New York City police. Others are on social networking sites. Facebook has Occupy Lego Land with little Lego demonstrators.

The catchphrase has become so popular that the American Dialect Society is considering it for its "Word of the Year," chosen every year. It could join the recent winners "app" and "tweet."

Some Wall Street protesters worry that frivolous uses of the word "occupy" could dilute their message; others are unconcerned. "I think a little humor can't hurt," says 24-year-old Zach Cheney of New Orleans.
 

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