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New words – 1 September 2014

September 1, 2014


raingarden noun a planted sunken area of garden that absorbs rainwater runoff from roofs, drives, etc.

Financial incentives drove up numbers of green roofs in Germany 19-fold in just 12 years. In Melbourne, Australia, a five-year scheme is establishing 10,000 “raingardens” — flower and vegetable beds underlain with sandy soil to help water filter away.

[ 03 January 2014]

greenhouse noun the part of a car that includes the roof and windows

While the production version carries over many cues from the concept [version of the car], the higher-set greenhouse from the Impreza reveals the truth: There’s no new platform beneath that flared bodywork.

[Car and Driver (US automotive magazine) Jan 2014]

frost-quake noun an earthquake-like phenomenon brought on by extreme cold. It is caused by the expansion of moisture in the ground as it freezes, leading to the sudden release of energy and an accompanying loud boom.

In fact, they are merely hearing the after-effects of the frost quakes – or cryoseism – which are more commonly found on a glacier in the polar regions.

[ 05 January 2014]

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New words – 25 August 2014

August 25, 2014


kninkles plural noun wrinkles above the knee

No more kninkles (that’s knee wrinkles): Now there’s a £300 lunchtime lift that promises to banish that saggy skin.

[ 26 February 2014]



thutts plural noun informal an undefined area between the thighs and the buttocks, caused by excessive weight and lack of muscle tone

First there were cankles. Then there was back fat. Last week we were told about swoobs, mere moments after we’d come to terms with our big fat thutts.

[ 30 January 2014]

bio cremation noun a process for disposing of the body of a deceased person using water and potassium oxide

A greener way to go is ‘bio cremation’, in which the body is completely broken down by heated water and potassium hydroxide.

[AARP the Magazine (US over-50s magazine) Jan 2014]

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New words – 18 August 2014

August 18, 2014


fly grazing noun the practice of leaving animals to graze on private land without first obtaining permission

New law to tackle fly grazing problem in Wales granted

[ 28 January 2014]






canned hunting noun the hunting of animals which have been bred to be hunted. The animals are kept within a confined space and cannot escape.

‘Canned hunting’ of white lions is despicable – and it must stop
South Africa’s president must put an end to this cold-blooded slaughter, says Ripper Street star Jerome Flynn

[ 11 March 2014]

lulz-farming noun gathering humorous content to put on a website

Now there are employees of large corporations paid to manage the social accounts of their companies, using official feeds to act like crazy students, having their antics reported on lulz-farming websites, reposted and retweeted by thousands of personal accounts.

[Computer Shopper (UK computer magazine) March 2014]

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New words – 11 August 2014

August 11, 2014


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.

[ 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.

[ 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

[ 17 January 2014]

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New words – 4 August 2013

August 4, 2014


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.

[ 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

[ (headline) 05 January 2014]

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New words – 28 July 2014

July 28, 2014


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

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

[ 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


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.

[ 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.

[ 27 March 2014]

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