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New words – 9 February 2015

February 9, 2015

swoll

swoll adjective slang having 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 bush noun informal a 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 paunch noun informal a 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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New words – 2 February 2015

February 2, 2015

bro-country

bro-country noun a sub-genre of country music sung by young white men, featuring songs with macho themes such as trucks, drinking, and partying

[A] celebration of […] life that features trucks, beer and scantily clad women as the must-have accessories. The young country duo Maddie & Tae aren’t fans of the third element in the ‘bro-country’ trinity.

[NPR: All Things Considered (news, politics and culture) 25 July 2014]

filk noun a genre of folk music that is inspired by science fiction

Nowt so queer as filk – world sci-fi festival beams into London

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 16 August 2014]

raptivist noun informal a rap artist who uses lyrics to try to create political change

The commercial success of ‘conscious’ rap artists along with the laziness of mainstream media helped to spawn the raptivist.

[http://www.funk-the-system.net/ 15 October 2014]

Raptivist Tef Poe helps fuel Ferguson protests.

[http://www.stlamerican.com/ (headline) 04 October 2014]

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New words – 26 January 2015

January 26, 2015

minipig

micro pig noun an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet

Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

[http://www.bbc.co.uk 13 September 2014]

 

 

pet-nup noun a pre-nuptial agreement about who will have care of a pet in the event of a marriage ending

Instead of a prenuptial agreement, or ‘pre-nup’, the animal charity Blue Cross has devised a so-called ‘pet-nup’ which clearly states who will get ownership of a pet should a couple split up.

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

put a bird on it idiom to embellish something

Finding your Batgirl story a little dark, a little gloomy, a little horribly tragic? Put a bird on it! That’s right, we’re getting a modern-girl revamp with selfies and fixies.

[www.cnet.com/news/batgirl-gets-reboot-doc-martens-in-dc-comics-series/ (tech) 10 July 2014]

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New words – 19 January 2015

January 19, 2015

flowerbeard

flower beard noun a beard adorned with flowers

And some of said beard-rockers are even turning it up a notch, painting trend on top of trend with what’s come to be known as ‘the flower beard.’

[http://www.cbc.ca 21 July 2014]

 

 

gypset adjective relating to an ethnic, bohemian style

This Massimo Dutti handkerchief-print skirt taps into the modern gypset look that’s pounding the pavements.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 07 July 2014]

smasual adjective informal denotes a style that is at once smart and casual

Dress Down Friday: What is “Smasual”?

[http://globalyoungexecutive.com 21 July 2014]

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New words – 12 January 2015

January 12, 2015

air_yoga

Air Yoga noun trademark a form of yoga in which poses are done while suspended in a type of sling

Now we can exclusively reveal the secret behind Kate’s hot new body – Air Yoga.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 25 August 2014]

 

 

high intensity training noun short bursts of very vigorous activity

High Intensity Training (HIT) has attracted a lot of attention for promising some of the same benefits as conventional exercise but in a much shorter time.

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

roller-skiing noun the sport of skiing on a hard surface such as a road using skis with wheels

But that’s where a former winter Olympian from Lithuania comes in. Mantas Strolia was the best cross-country skier in Lithuania for eight years running, but now he’s swapped the mountains for our (equally lovely) guided busway, to share his vast expertise with fellow thrill-seekers in Cambridge. How? Roller-skiing of course.

[Cambridge News (UK local newspaper) 05 Sept 2014]

Snowsport England [SSE] are running their next level 1 Roller Ski Instructor course at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit on 1-2 November
led by Adam Pinney.

[http://www.londonnordic.org.uk/ 21 August 2014]

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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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