Definition: Someone who has an unnatural interest in mermaids.

Sample usage: “I’d put on my costume and go sit on a rock if it weren’t for all the merverts getting in some gill-watching.”

Popularity: The word originated in a news report about “professional mermaids” who attract creeps. It’s a great word, and it’s a pity the applications are so narrow. Of course, there’s always a chance that the pro mermaid industry will start to boom.

 

JAMES LILEKS

 

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