At a loss for words? Introducing the Neu Dictionary, here to define your favorite unclassified minutia. This week we're talking about transportation, with acute specificity.
NOUN (plural) [də.ˈlu.ʒənz ʌv ˈtren.ʤɚ]
– the irrational belief of having influence or incredible luck with transportation
From train and delusions of grandeur.
Full definition of the word
It’s late at night, you’ve had a few and your friends part ways leaving you to stumble home alone. And to top it all off there’s a service change. You curse the MTA and hobble a couple blocks to the G train. Inside, you descend the stairs and a private four-car train pulls up alongside you at your exact part of the platform, as if it had walked there alongside you the whole way. Is this The Secret? Can you paint with all the colors of the wind? Your mind races with delusions of traindeur, the conviction that at some level that you are one with this corner of the transportation system.
“I thought the L and I had something special. But my delusions of traindeur were shattered when I arrived at the platform and saw ‘8 AV – 19 minutes’ on the marquee.”
“I should have used the bathroom before I left the bar. Thinking I’d catch an E this late was just my delusions of traindeur.”
COVER ILLUSTRATION: Sergii Rodionov