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New word alert: Cocooning

The latest workout fad is something called AntiGravity Yoga. There have been a slew of news articles about it this year. Now, thanks to a piece on ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday, this workout has a catchy nickname: Cocooning.

Here’s the story. AntiGravity Yoga is a fitness brand developed by aerial dance artist Christopher Harrison. During the workout, participants do exercises hanging over the floor in silk hammocks. As GMA’s Cameron Mathison says in the video below, “It looks a little bit like yoga meets Cirque du Soleil.” During his story, Mathison refers to the workout by its trade name, AntiGravity Yoga, until around minute 1:45, when he uses the nickname “cocooning.” GMA’s producers must have liked that word, because the anchors repeat it several times. Take a look:

As far as I can tell, this is the first time a major media story has called this exercise “cocooning.” Until now, the word “cocooning” meant staying in instead of leaving the house. Merriam-Webster says the word dates to 1986, and defines it as: “the practice of spending leisure time at home in preference to going out.”

Time to rethink that definition? At midday yesterday, after the GMA story, “cocooning” had made it to number 32 on AOL’s hourly search trends. Let’s see if it sticks.

— By Daryl Lang. Filed under News & Journalism, Words

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