I found myself talking to the radio announcer on my way home from the shops.
He was talking about the traffic lights that are being installed in pavements in Sydney to prevent accidents caused by pedestrians distracted by their phones.
The “in-ground traffic-light technology” will shine red to indicate when it’s dangerous for pedestrians to cross the road. Such texting pedestrians are now called textestrians.
I wanted to know what we call the shoppers who forget what they are doing while texting? I was still annoyed about the texting woman, who couldn't even use youth as an excuse, who had run into me in the supermarket aisle. I had seen her coming and I guess I could have moved out of her way as I was no doubt expected to do but was gripped by some sort of pigheadedness and stood my ground. Or aisle. I could have moved my shopping trolley so she hit into that but chose to turn my body so I took her forward action on my shoulder and not front on. I could even have dropped by shoulder and hurt her a little but, to give myself some credit, didn't.
I almost blurted out "Sorry" as one tends to do when one accidentally bumps into someone in the shops but restrained myself, waiting for her apology. Might as well wait for that star to appear in the east again, it wasn't going to happen. She barely missed a step or lifted her eyes before stepping around me and carrying on. I started to give her an earful before I realised I was wasting my breath.
I had a bit of difficulty "letting it go" on the way home and the news from Sydney set me off again. I tried many forms of pedestrians to use as a descriptive word for such rude people before settling on "pestestrians".
Have you got a better suggestion?