e-FEM-e-ra (‘ra’ as in ‘kookaburra’)
- things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time
- collectable items that were originally expected to have only short-term usefulness or popularity
‘I spent my life savings on Jennifer Strange ephemera.’
My face appeared on T-shirts, badges, commemorative mugs and posters. I made front-page news, appeared on TV and was even a special guest on The Yog Baird Show. The Daily Clam called me ‘The year’s most influential teenager’ and I was the Mollusc on Sunday’s woman of the year. Two people tried to kill me, I was threatened with jail, had sixteen offers of marriage and was outlawed by King Snodd. All that and more besides, and in less than a week.
From The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde