PRONUNCIATION: (in-fuh/foh-DEM-ik)

MEANING: noun: A glut of mostly unreliable, rapidly spreading information relating to an event, crisis, disease, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of information + epidemic, coined by the author and columnist David J. Rothkopf in a Washington Post column about the SARS epidemic. Earliest documented use: 2003.

IN-LODE MIC - lets miners call the surface

INTO DE MIC - where the emcee wants his guests to speak

INFODERMiC - some kinds of knowledge really get under your skin