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  • n. Driving a car slowly so as to maximize fuel efficiency.


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  • Consider the tactics of which some excessively enthusiastic American practitioners have been accused (although the originator of the term hypermiling says that they are

    Telegraph Blogs

  • It's called hypermiling, but not everybody thinks it's such a good idea.

    CNN Transcript Jul 7, 2008

  • Have you ever said "hypermiling" in your life, besides just now?

    CNN Transcript Nov 21, 2009

  • In "hypermiling," a quirky new competitive pastime, the winning drivers have surpassed 150 miles per gallon in mass-produced hybrids.

    Efficient Drivers Cut Emissions, but Stir Up Hot Air

  • If "hypermiling" is the 2008 Oxford Word Of The Year, Merriam-Webster counters with "bailout".

    2008 Merriam-Webster Word Of The Year

  • More now from CNN space correspondent, and based on his reporting last hour on "hypermiling" Mr. Rolling Traffic Jam, Mr. Roadblock, miles O'Brien.

    CNN Transcript Jun 3, 2008

  • CleanMPG. com founder Wayne Gerdes, an engineer from Illinois who coined the term "hypermiling" to describe the mileage-maximizing techniques, provided the pointers.

    X-bit labs

  • Speaking of mileage, I've been hearing the term "hypermiling" a lot lately.


  • Yaris, which is free, encourages useful global panic skills such as hypermiling with a subcompact, and is evocative of unemployment because hopefully someone lost their job over it.


  • The word of the year is "hypermiling," and it describes the act of driving your car so that you can get more mileage out of every gallon of gas you pump into your tank so that you save yourself some money and reduce your carbon footprint.

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  • I've heard hypermiling several times, starting in December 2007.

    November 12, 2008

  • I came across this word in a newspaper article, probably online. But I've not heard it spoken. Ditto frugalista and topless meeting: seen but not heard.

    November 12, 2008

  • The only one of the 5 finalists I have heard in genuine use is toxic debt. I listed hypermiling because frogblast suggested it on a list of mine 4 months ago.

    frugalista? moofer? topless meeting? The last two sound very urban - and Australia is one of the most urbanised countries in the world - yet I've heard neither here.

    November 11, 2008

  • Oxford's 2008 word of the year.

    November 11, 2008