New words – 6 August 2012August 6, 2012
showroom verb to examine and research a product in a shop before buying it more cheaply online
The showrooming trend might sound like a retailer’s worst nightmare, requiring not only that the retailer offers the best showroom experience, but also offers the best value (price, conditions and service) [...]
[http://socialcommercetoday.com 5 Jan 2012]
thrifter noun a person who shops only at discount stores and thrift shops selling secondhand goods
New ‘resale’ shops have been booming. [...] Hard times have brought in hordes of new ‘thrifters’ – one in six adults now shops at the stores.
[AARP Bulletin (monthly over-50s newspaper) Jan. 2012]
tycoon tax noun a minimum rate of tax for millionaires
A new “tycoon tax” will force wealthy people to hand over at least a quarter of their income to the Treasury, after George Osborne abolished excessive use of tax reliefs.
[www.telegraph.co.uk 21 March 2012]
woopies plural noun informal well-off older people
Ten years ago the new breed of telescopes cost around £700 and the first users of this new wave of instruments tended to be retired men and women – ‘woopies’ or well-off old people.
[The Observer (UK broadsheet) 22 Jan 2012]