"There is a kind of awful genius to the clumsy word ‘snowquester,’ which is upon us now, allegedly. A bland budget term is beheaded and capped with a meteorological prefix, and the resulting three syllables capture our addiction to crisis. The government has driven itself to the budget-related brink, artificially. The capital has given itself the day off, artificially. ‘Snowquester’ should define our lazy addiction to panic, wherein we overreact by underreacting, or vice versa, or whatever. If we’re not careful, this kind of addictive behavior could send us head-first into a furious debate about inaugural lip-syncing, or a tizzy over migrating to a different kind of work e-mail, or a blind march into a misbegotten war, or a useless spate of writing about the snowquester."

Dan Zak