Word of the day: rowdyism

Today's word of the day comes from a story in one of my local papers, the Wandsworth Guardian:

The Asparagus pub in Battersea is to add between 10p and 15p per unit to the cost of its drinks, in response to "rowdyism" complaints from Latchmere residents

'Rowdyism'? As far as I was aware, the noun from 'rowdy' was 'rowdiness' - but no, the OED lists both 'rowdiness' and 'rowdyism'. However the former is four times more common than the latter, according to a Google search. (Incidentally, the Asparagus pub story comes up as high as fourth in a Google search of 'rowdyism'...)

Anyway, my question is: any difference between rowdiness and rowdyism?

Alcohol: may lead to rowdyism
(or even to rowdiness)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think rowdiness is the actual act, whereas rowdyism is a trend.
Dylan

TootsNYC said...

I'm w/ Dylan. However, when my cat is rowdy, she is said to be "rowdifying."