Next time you meet someone who's puzzled about the Underwater Voter phenomenon, hand them a copy of Merriam-Webster's Dictionary.Merriam-Webster added new words and definitions to their iconic dictionary last week. The sheer number of underwater homeowners and economic impact of underwater homes and the housing crisis compelled the dictionary editors to add "underwater" as a new word.It's official: the housing crisis and the currently 16 million underwater homes have left a permanent dent in our language. The word "Underwater" now has a new definition.
un·der·wa·ter adj \??n-d?r-?w?-t?r, -?wä-\: having, relating to, or being a mortgage loan for which more is owed than the property securing the loan is worth
And so I listen. I feign dispassion but I'm not fooling anybody. Somehow they can tell that I care and thank me even as they admit that it isn't my fault, that it isn't my responsibility to listen. I've stood inside another's dream for an hour as they spoke, not really to be heard but to say goodbye - to leave the ghosts behind.The anonymous realtor writes about the process of foreclosure and the almost unbelievable stories that the homeowners share. As anyone can tell you, a home is more than justa a house. It's a powerful place filled with memories.
Sometimes the kids are there, maybe waiting in the car, maybe not. I see the marks on the wall showing how the kids grew over the years. I see the anguished poetry scribbled on the wall by stoned teenagers and the occasional hole punched in the wall. One woman handed me the key to her reinforced bedroom door - during the divorce her now ex-husband was still living in the house and she had to barricade herself in at night. Another said "right there is where I found my son - he couldn't handle losing the house".You can read the entire story on Reddit.