New words – 30 December 2013

December 30, 2013

anklington noun a short wellington boot

Going down: Anklingtons. We’re small-c conservative in our wellie choice this summer.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 06 July 2013]

deLycrafy verb humorous to take the Lycra out of cycling, i.e. to sever its associations with Lycra-clad males and make it more mainstream

The target London wide is to double cycling in the next ten years, to de-lycra-fy it and to encourage those groups who do not cycle (partly due to fear) to do so.

[http://hfcyclists.org.uk/ 02 September 2013]

floordrobe noun informal a pile of clothes on the floor rather than in a wardrobe

Going down: Having a floordrobe. Aftermath of wardrobe crisis brought on by shifts in weather and trends.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 28 September 2013]

My room will not experience another clothes avalanche, resulting in a permanent floordrobe and the possibility of finding a dead mouse three months later.

[www.wessexscene.co.uk 27 September 2013]

pep hem noun peplum hem; a deep, ruched hem at the bottom of an item of clothing, typically a dress or skirt

The pep hem.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine; caption) 12 August 2013]

About new words


  1. […] See on dictionaryblog.cambridge.org […]

  2. My three sons love their floordrobes. I wish they didn’t exist even though I think this new word is great!

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