New words – 15 June 2015

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JOMO_2

JOMOabbreviationthe joy of missing out

It was only a matter of time before someone – in this case Fake’s fellow entrepreneur Anil Dash – came up with a counterpart acronym, which encapsulates my stance towards tarot cabaret: Jomo, the joy of missing out.

[http://www.theguardian.com 17 October 2014]

insponouninformalinspiration

An oversized fedora (leather band) is a) more chic, and b) less annoying for everyone else. See Naomi Watts for inspo.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 29 November 2014]

obviabbreviationobviously

Obvi she didn’t want to get in trouble, but wait! There’s more to it than that!

[http://perezhilton.com 10 December 2014]

Ugh: TIME Wants To Ban Girl-Centric Slang Words, And That’s Obvi A Problem

[www.huffingtonpost.com 14 November 2014]

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New words – 25 May 2015

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ancestral_health

ancestral healthnoundiet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors

‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 21 September 2014]

Which is odd, because in many ways my husband has the instincts of a wild boar, and Ancestral Health – the lifestyle extension of the Paleo or ‘Caveman’ diet – is about going way back to a time of elk-jerky-eating, loincloth-wearing Lascaux dwellers.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 17 October 2014]

golden ricenouna genetically engineered form of rice with enhanced levels of vitamin A

Golden rice, as it is called, is meant to combat vitamin A deficiency, a huge problem in developing countries in Asia and Africa. Vitamin A deficiencies affect children and pregnant women who suffer everything from blindness to infections to death.

[www.thestarphoenix.com/ 07 October 2014]

hamburger taxnouna tax on unhealthy food

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New words – 11 May 2015

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mint

mintadjective(informal)nice; cool

Either way, the car looks mint.

[Stuff (UK innovations magazine) Nov 2014]

baenoun(slang)a romantic partner (often used as a form of address)

I have to kill my bae because he is CHEATING ON ME.

[www.youtube.com 13 November 2014]

See ya, bae!

[Heard in conversation (young girl, early teens) 15 December 2014]

negverb(informal)to insult someone in order to attract theme sexually

I watched JBU this week and nearly choked on my drink when you talked about negging guys to pick them up. Just had to share.

[gabydunn.com 05 November 2014]

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New words – 20 April 2015

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dumbwalking

dumbwalkingnounwalking slowly, without paying attention to the world around you because you are consulting a smartphone

He told me dumbwalking probably wouldn’t be a long-term problem.

[www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine 14 July 2014]

tech crechenouna safe where visitors to a place can deposit their mobile phones before exploring that place

The short film sees a young David Attenborough (voiced by impressionist Phil Cornwell) encourage viewers to leave the car at home and store their devices in the Tech Creche, leaving them free to enjoy the region’s majestic woodlands and coastline without digital distractions.

[www.thedrum.com 25 July 2014]

vampingnounthe activity of remaining awake late into the night, usually while chatting on social networks

‘Social media is about having agency over your own life and vamping is one way to recapture that,’ said Alice Marwick, an assistant professor at Fordham University who studies the Internet and society.

[New York…

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New words – 13 April 2015

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bio-inspiration

bio-inspirationnounthe adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc.

The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

[www.smithsonianmag.com 16 September 2014]

drought shamingnounthe public shaming, often through social media, of people or companies guilty of wasting water

All across the state, people are doing their best to conserve water. But, the fight to save water has also given rise to a new phenomenon known as ‘drought shaming.’

[www.bakersfieldnow.com 30 July 2014]

plastispherenounthe discarded plastic that is now a part of our seas, rivers and lakes and, for better or worse, is developing its own ecosystem

Scientists have even coined a new term to describe it: the ‘plastisphere’ is here. In some oceanic areas the plastic is so thick that organisms have begun evolving there, as if it were a…

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New words – 23 March 2015

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crossfit

crossfitnounhigh-intensity strength training

Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch […] with two men who, like everyone else at the evening’s event, do crossfit.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 10 August 2014]

face ironingnouninformala cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing wrinkles

The Thermage treatment is also commonly known as the ‘face-ironing treatment.’ Yikes. Sound painful enough for you? But there’s a reason why stars like Gwyneth keep coming back for more. The treatment boosts collagen levels in the skin’s lower layers, creating a tightening effect to the top layer.

[http://uk.eonline.com/ 04 August 2014]

no-poonounthe practice of washing the hair without using shampoo

The ‘no-poo’ method, which involves using natural substitutes or just water in place of shampoo and conditioner, has credibility within several circles.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 12 August 2014]

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New words – 9 March 2015

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stack_sandal

stack sandalnouna type of sandal with high heels and a platform under the toes

70’s stack sandals: Kate Moss is a mega fan.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 25 August 2014]

pyjammingnouninformalwearing pyjamas in a public place and posting photos on social media, usually as a charity stunt

The River Cam could be better known for punting or playing host to the Bumps – but now it is also the first site for people to go “pyjamming”. Business leaders from around the city have taken on the challenge to snap themselves on the river wearing just their pyjamas, joining the fight against youth homelessness.

[http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/ 28 July 2014]

Action for Children is calling on Bristol residents to join the fight against youth homelessness by ‘pyjamming’ too – posing in their pyjamas and sharing photos online.

[http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/ 28.07.14]

skirtininounan all-in-one swimming costume with integral skirt

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New words – 2 March 2015

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snapchat

snapchatverbto send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat

We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now [sic] that he’s back home in England, he snapchatted me and he said ‘are you ever coming to England?’

[straightwhiteboystexting.tumblr.com
11 July 2014]

But if its true that I am friendzoning myself do I just ignore her and stop texting and snapchatting her altogether?

[www.girlsaskguys.com 17 July 2014]

backienouninformala selfie that someone takes of their back

The backie. It’s the new selfie; Col. views it as marginally less narcissistic, and therefore an improvement on the orig.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 04 August 2014]

viningnounthe practice of posting video loops on the short-form video sharing service Vine

Anyway, they’re trying to crack down on Vining.

[Heard in conversation (man, mid-forties) 02 July 2014]

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New words – 23 February 2015

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showrooming

showroomingnounthe activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer

Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

[Salon (online general interest news and information) http://www.salon.com 27 September 2014]

jerktechadjectivedescribes controversial apps that allow people to sell things that do not belong to them, for example parking spots and restaurant reservations

BBCtrending: Should #jerktech apps exist?

[www.bbc.co.uk 15 July 2014]

Tesco taxnouna tax on large supermarkets

Some 19 other local authorities back a so-called ‘Tesco tax’ on big retailers, which could raise up to £400m a year.

[www.bbc.co.uk 26 July 2014]

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New words – 9 February 2015

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swoll

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.

[shredripbulk.tumblr.com 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.

[http://www.slcdunk.com/ 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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