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New words – 5 January 2015

January 5, 2015

hostilearch

hostile architecture noun architecture 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]

gaybourhood noun an 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 gazumping noun when 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 renegotiate after accepting an offer claiming they’ve had a higher bid when in fact there is no rival bidder.

[www.propertyreporter.co.uk 09 April 2014]

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New words – 29 December 2014

December 29, 2014

fitshaming

fit-shaming noun informal the online trolling of people who post pictures of themselves exercising

Unfortunately, not everyone is as happy for me… and instead I find myself facing a daily barage of fit-shaming.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 20 May 2014]

 

 

skinny-bash verb informal to criticize someone for being slim

Kate Wills knows the feeling and last month wrote a powerful yet humorous piece on why it’s not OK to skinny-bash people like her, either.

[www.graziadaily.co.uk 12 April 2014]

Loub job noun informal a procedure on the foot, usually one which modifies the foot so that a person can wear high heels with a greater degree of comfort

According to Look magazine, Kardashian reportedly spent around $6,000 on a ‘Loub job,’ in order to easily wear her high heeled shoes.

[www.ibtimes 27 May 2014]

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New words – 22 December 2014

December 22, 2014

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tweleb noun informal a 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.

[mookzilla.tumblr.com 03 June 2014]

 

Twag noun informal, humorous tennis 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

[www.dailymail.co.uk 23 June 2014]

Kipper noun informal a 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 – 15 December 2014

December 15, 2014

cinderella_surgery

cinderella surgery noun cosmetic surgery to the feet

We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 25 April 2014]

 

 

nocebo noun a harmless substance that creates harmful side effects in patients (as a result of the patient believing it to be harmful)

Some patients may develop symptoms and side effects purely because they’ve been told about them, known as the so-called ‘nocebo effect’.

[http://www.health24.com/ 01 April 2014]

fear extinction therapy noun a post-traumatic stress treatment that involves reliving a traumatic event in safe conditions in order to unlearn an automatic feeling of alarm

The problem is that ‘fear extinction’ therapy […] works well with recent memories but not so well with deeply entrenched, long-term horrors.

[Smithsonian (US culture and science magazine) May 2014]

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New words – 8 December 2014

December 8, 2014

reverse_showrooming

reverse showrooming noun the 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.

[www.fusionrms.com 14 April 2014]

the reputation economy idiom the 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 redlining idiom discrimination against a customer by a business based on ratings the customer received in the past

The White House […] had a big-data report that was out last week that specifically calls for new privacy laws to combat, potentially, discrimination by data, and there’s a new term that’s coming out for this, which is ‘digital redlining’.

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

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New words – 1 December 2014

December 1, 2014

SOLE

SOLE abbreviation self-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.

[http://noseyparka.me.uk/ 08 April 2014]

FTW abbreviation slang for 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.

[www.kongregate.com 13 April 2014]

OP abbreviation original 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.

[www.reddit.com 22 April 2014]

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New words – 24 November 2014

November 24, 2014

pedtext

ped-text verb to 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 switch noun a 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.

[www.bbc.co.uk 20 June 2014]

beacon noun a 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.

[http://techcrunch.com 17 June 2014]

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