New words – 5 January 2015

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hostilearch

hostile architecturenounarchitecture in public spaces designed to influence behaviour, for example spikes to deter homeless people from sleeping in a particular place

While not as obvious as the stainless steel anti-homeless spikes that appeared outside a London apartment block recently, the benches are part of a recent generation of urban architecture designed to influence public behaviour, known as hostile architecture.

[www.theguardian.com 13 June 2014]

gaybourhoodnounan area where there are a lot of gay people, and which is seen as being welcoming to gay people

Exactly how gay are our suburbs? Is there any sense of there being a ‘gaybourhood’?

[www.samesame.com.au 09 April 2014]

ghost gazumpingnounwhen selling a house, the practice of insisting on a higher price after the deal (and price) has been agreed, even though there are no rival bidders

However, there’s now a new twist to this – ‘ghost gazumping’ where sellers…

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