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New words – 11 August 2014

August 11, 2014

whip

whip noun slang a car

I don’t know about you guys, but my whip is basically the Millennium Falcon aka hella old and beat up, but it gets the job done.

[http://four-pins.com/ 24 February 2014]

ULEV abbreviation an ultra-low emission vehicle (one that emits less than 75g of CO2 per kilometre)

Learn more about ULEVs [The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 15.03.14]

In January, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg led the formal unveiling of Go Ultra Low, a £2.5m campaign encouraging UK motorists to adopt Ultra Low Emission Vehicles – or ULEVs, for short.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 19 February 2014]

range-extended adjective describes a vehicle that combines an electric motor with a petrol engine that keeps the battery charged

Today, I regularly hear plug-in fans moan, complain and generally be mean about people who make the choice to go with a range-extended EV like the Vauxhall Ampera or a plug-in hybrid like the Toyota Prius Plug-in over electric-only cars like the Nissan LEAF and Renault Zoe

[www.thegreencarwebsite.co.uk 17 January 2014]

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New words – 4 August 2013

August 4, 2014

dadding

dadding noun carrying out the duties of a father

He makes sure to drop his presence on the school run into conversation; he lets it be known that he is hip to the new rules of conscientious dadding.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 22 March 2014]

 

 

sigother noun significant other; a person’s romantic partner or spouse

So the sigother orders from this Mediterranean spot down the street. He’s gorging himself on a lasagna and decadent looking pita bread next to me.

[http://www.celiac.com/ 21 January 2013]

maternity tourist noun a pregnant woman who travels to another country specifically in order to take advantage of their maternity services

Airline should take more responsibility for maternity tourists

[www.telegraph.co.uk (headline) 05 January 2014]

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New words – 28 July 2014

July 28, 2014

standingdesk

standing desk noun a desk at which a person stands rather than sits

Kevin Partner reveals a £50 method to make a standing desk

[www.pcpro.co.uk 03 March 2014]

 

 

 

 

 

 

reshoring noun moving jobs that had previously been done in other countries back to the country where the company is based

Mr Cameron will say that reshoring is a growing trend.

[BBC Radio 4 Today Programme 25 January 2013]

step-in adjective refers to a company that provides a temporary service when another supplier has pulled out

As a stopgap to the new procurements NHS England has drafted in ‘step-in’ service providers to run NHS Direct contracts on a temporary basis until 2015.

[BMJ (UK medical journal) 04 January 2014]

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New words – 21 July 2014

July 21, 2014

creps

crep noun slang (teenage slang for) a shoe

I’m going to get some fresh creps.

[Heard in conversation 04 January 2014]

 

 

de-shopping noun the practice of buying something, usually a garment, and then returning it to the shop after one use only

‘Showrooming’ and ‘de-shopping’ are nothing to be proud of – or laugh about. High-street shops of all sizes are fragile. We will miss them if they go.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 07 January 2014]

size inflation noun the increase in the size of clothing sizes

Larger mannequins are being introduced into clothes shops and ‘size inflation’ means that clothes with the same size label have become larger in recent decades.

[www.bbc.co.uk 27 March 2014]

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New words – 14 July 2014

July 14, 2014

techneck

tech neck noun informal wrinkles in the neck area caused by looking down at phones, tablets, etc.

Word of the week: tech neck. [Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 03 March 2014]

Experts in non-surgical facelifts say tilting your head down to use phones, iPads and computers can leave wrinkles on your throat and neck, a condition being called ‘tech neck.’

[www.kshb.com 27 February 2014]

buffalo hump noun a fatty build-up at the back of the neck, usually caused by weight gain, but exacerbated by poor posture

A spokesperson for WhatClinic.com, who carried out the research, said: ‘Buffalo humps can be an unusual side effect of certain medications, but more often they appear over time, through obesity. Poor posture doesn’t help either, making it more noticeable.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 08 January 2014]

sitting disease noun health problems caused by too much sitting

Sitting too much, sometimes called sitting disease, may increase the risk of disability in people over age 60, a new study suggests.

[www.usatoday.com 19 February 2014]

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New words – 7 July 2014

July 7, 2014

acro-yoga

acro-yoga noun a combination of acrobatics and yoga

Local yoga instructors are seeing a growth in interest in acro-yoga, a partner-based form of yoga that incorporates acrobatic aspects with typical yoga poses.

[www.nooga.com 28 January 2014]

 

 

 

 

 

slopestyle noun a new winter sports event in which the object is to perform a variety of tricks while jumping as high as possible on a snowboard

‘Wow! I just won the Olympics': American Sage Kotsenburg wins first Sochi gold medal in Men’s Slopestyle with ‘Holy Crail’ move.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 08 January 2014]

fridge kid noun informal a young British winter Olympic hopeful who trains in a snow dome as opposed to a mountain

Winter Olympics 2014: ‘Fridge Kids’ aim to scale new peaks for British team

[www.independent.co.uk 09 February 2014]

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New words – 30 June 2014

June 30, 2014

skinnypig

skinny pig noun a small, hairless, laboratory-created animal, similar to a guinea pig

They are small, hairless and have been taking the country by storm… meet the skinny pig. The bald creatures are just a few inches long and can easily fit in the palm of your hand standing them out from the larger and more common guinea pigs.

[www.dailymail.co.uk 13.02.14]

super-rat noun a new strain of poison-resistant rat

Home owners living in flooded areas are facing infestations of super rats.

[www.mirror.co.uk 07.01.14]

bunny chow noun a South African dish of curry served in a hollowed out loaf

Many people will not have heard of bunny chow. But after years on the other side of the world, it is now in Britain, found at a small number of restaurants and street food vendors.

[www.bbc.co.uk 20.01.14]

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