New words – 9 February 2015

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swolladjectiveslanghaving large muscles as a result of working out

Get Swoll, Brah! A fitness blog dedicated to sharing tips, tricks, gymspiration and support to get the body you’re working for.

[ 20 August 2014]

Soon we will see all of our favorite players returning to their team’s respective training camps showing how ‘swoll’ they got from their offseason workouts.

[ 02 October 2014]

pit bushnouninformala deliberate cultivation of hair in the female armpit

Now the regrowth is spreading north, with ‘pit bush’ officially becoming A Thing.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 18 August 2014]

power paunchnouninformala large stomach on a man worn proudly as a badge of his status

But then, there’s that ‘power paunch’ theory, which posits that some men are so damned magnificent, they can afford to let their bellies expand.

[Gracia (UK celebrity magazine) 04 August 2014]

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New words – 2 February 2015

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bro-countrynouna sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking, and partying

[A] celebration of […] life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren’t fans of the third element in the ‘bro-country’ trinity.

[NPR: All Things Considered (news, politics and culture) 25 July 2014]

filknouna genre of folk music that is inspired by science fiction

Nowt so queer as filk – world sci-fi festival beams into London

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 16 August 2014]

raptivistnouninformala rap artist who uses lyrics to try to create political change

The commercial success of ‘conscious’ rap artists along with the laziness of mainstream media helped to spawn the raptivist.

[ 15 October 2014]

Raptivist Tef Poe helps fuel Ferguson protests.

[ (headline) 04 October 2014]

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New words – 26 January 2015

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micro pignounan extremely small pig, bred to be a pet

Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

[ 13 September 2014]

pet-nupnouna pre-nuptial agreement about who will have care of a pet in the event of a marriage ending

Instead of a prenuptial agreement, or ‘pre-nup’, the animal charity Blue Cross has devised a so-called ‘pet-nup’ which clearly states who will get ownership of a pet should a couple split up.

[ 26 September 2014]

put a bird on itidiomto embellish something

Finding your Batgirl story a little dark, a little gloomy, a little horribly tragic? Put a bird on it! That’s right, we’re getting a modern-girl revamp with selfies and fixies.

[ (tech) 10 July 2014]

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New words – 12 January 2015

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Air Yoganountrademarka form of yoga in which poses are done while suspended in a type of sling

Now we can exclusively reveal the secret behind Kate’s hot new body – Air Yoga.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 25 August 2014]

high intensity trainingnounshort bursts of very vigorous activity

High Intensity Training (HIT) has attracted a lot of attention for promising some of the same benefits as conventional exercise but in a much shorter time.

[ 27 July 2014]

roller-skiingnounthe sport of skiing on a hard surface such as a road using skis with wheels

But that’s where a former winter Olympian from Lithuania comes in. Mantas Strolia was the best cross-country skier in Lithuania for eight years running, but now he’s swapped the mountains for our (equally lovely) guided busway, to share his vast expertise with fellow thrill-seekers in Cambridge. How? Roller-skiing of course.

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New words – 5 January 2015

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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.

[ 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’?

[ 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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New words – 22 December 2014

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twelebnouninformala Twitter celebrity; (more specifically, someone who has more than 1,000 followers on Twitter)

There were a few old and a few new faces, including a tweleb or two. Expect to see and hear more from these cool kids.

[ 03 June 2014]

Twagnouninformal, humoroustennis wives and girlfriends: the wives and girlfriends of prominent male tennis players

Forget football, here come the TWAGs (that’s tennis wives and girlfriends): Meet the glamorous partners set to light up Centre Court at Wimbledon this week

[ 23 June 2014]

Kippernouninformala member or supporter of the UK Independence Party

Asked to explain the party’s failure in London, Ukip’s Suzanne Evans was asked if she agreed with the Kipper who had said the problem was that the capital was too full of the ‘cultured, educated and young’.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 24 May 2014]

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New words – 8 December 2014

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reverse showroomingnounthe practice of researching a product online and then going into a store in order to buy it

Brick and mortar retailers have been noticeably on the decline over the past few years due to stiff competition from online retailers. Fortunately, ‘reverse showrooming’ is helping these many retailers develop an all new strategy for to [sic] responding to many of these challenges.

[ 14 April 2014]

the reputation economyidiomthe purchase and sale of services based on a consumer’s or vendor’s reputation, which is determined by consumer evaluations of a business or vendor evaluations of a consumer

It’s this interesting new relationship between consumers and business. We’re calling it the reputation economy, and the street goes both ways.

[WNYC/PRI: The Takeaway (news and information) 09 May 2014]

digital redliningidiomdiscrimination against a customer by a business based on ratings the customer received in the past

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New words – 1 December 2014

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SOLEabbreviationself-organized learning environment; an environment in which learners use technology to teach themselves collaboratively without a teacher

An excellent SOLE Toolkit is available to download for free from the TED website, which provides a framework for primary school children between the ages of 8–12 years old.

[ 08 April 2014]

FTWabbreviationslangfor the win; internet abbreviation indicating enthusiastic emphasis

Kongregate Recruitment for Akatsuki (naruto FTW!), post your thoughts on the discussion board or read fellow gamers’ opinions.

[ 13 April 2014]

OPabbreviationoriginal poster; used to denote the first person who writes on an online thread

Holy crap… because of your link, people replied to the original post from 5 months ago and the OP saw it and agreed to do
a new one.

[ 22 April 2014]

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New words – 24 November 2014

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ped-textverbto text someone while walking

I’m ped-texting, I’m looking down at my phone, 75 percent of the time.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show (politics and current affairs) 15 April 2014]

kill switchnouna facility which renders a handset useless if it is stolen

Authorities have been urging tech firms to take steps to help curb phone theft and argued that a kill-switch feature can help resolve the problem.

[ 20 June 2014]

beaconnouna device installed somewhere, usually a shop, that sends alerts to mobiles in the vicinity

If the writing was not on the wall already that the use of proximity-aware beacons was the future of retail, now we have some data to back it up.

[ 17 June 2014]

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New words – 10 November 2014

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smart gunnouna gun with various technologies, such as proximity sensors and biometrics, that are intended to improve gun safety

The so called ‘smart gun’ has recently been causing tension in both the EU and US firearms industries.

[ 23 May 2014]

barrel bombnouna type of improvised explosive device made from explosives packed into a barrel

Since the end of 2013, government forces have waged a deadly aerial campaign in the city using barrel bombs, allowing them to make several gains.

[ 28 April 2014]

The Syrian air force has used so-called ‘barrel bombs’ dropped from aircraft to try to put down a rebellion against President Bashar al-Assad.

[ 30 May 2014]

genericidenounthe use of a brand name to mean a class of similar items and the consequent dilution of that brand name’s potency

Cue rival businesses, circling the exposed brand and swooping to attach…

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