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New words – 24 August 2015

August 24, 2015


hyperpalatable adjective describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing

In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

[ 11 May 2015]

sirtfood noun a food that is high in sirtuins (a class of protein) and thought to be beneficial to weight loss

So move over low-carb, high-fat cauliflower pizza, it’s the turn of ‘sirtfoods’ to enjoy the nutritional spotlight.

[ 08 May 2015]

Pegan adjective describes a diet that is a vegan variation of the Paleo diet, which is based on foods available to our ancient ancestors,
such as nuts, berries, eggs and meat

Pegan is considered the best of both worlds – offering a plant rich diet that includes protein, good fats and grains, and avoids dairy, gluten and sugar.

[ 18 May 2015]

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New words – 17 August 2015

August 17, 2015


Spinglish noun the euphemistic language used in creating ‘spin’

Until you’ve mastered Spinglish, politicians and corporations […] will continue putting things over on you.

[WNYC: Brian Lehrer Show 15 June 2015]



shy Tory noun a person who secretly voted Conservative in the 2015 UK elections, especially one who claimed to the pollsters to be voting a different way

How ‘shy Tories’ confounded the polls and gave David Cameron victory

[ 08 May 2015]

Milifan noun during the UK general election, a (young) fan of UK Labour leader, Ed Milliband

Hooray for the Milifans. They can change the world for the better

[www.theguardian 22 April 2015]

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New words – 10 August 2015

August 10, 2015

selfie stick

selfie stick noun a stick-like device that allows you to hold the camera away from you when taking a selfie

So your arm’s not long enough to nab the perfect selfie? Have no fear. The ‘Selfie stick’ is here.

[ 15 November 2014]



keepsake password noun a password that embodies a special personal meaning for the person who chose it

But above all, ‘we oppose randomness,’ [Douglas R. Hofstader] said. ‘Keepsake passwords are part of that.’

[New York Times Magazine (US Sunday broadsheet magazine supplement) 23 November 2014]

Keepsake passwords are so universal that they are now part of the fabric of pop culture.

[New York Times Magazine (US Sunday broadsheet magazine supplement) 23 November 2014]

tap-to-pay adjective describes a payment method which involves tapping your phone against a payment device

Combining NFC with the fingerprint-reading Touch ID, it turns your phone into a secure tap-to-pay wallet.

[Stuff (UK innovations magazine) Nov 2014]

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New words – 3 August 2015

August 3, 2015

responsible luxury

responsible luxury noun high-end, green tourism and hospitality

Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

[ 22 October 2014]



bio-bus noun a bus that runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste

Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself.

[ 20 November 2014]

The 40-seater ‘Bio-Bus’, pictured here preparing for its maiden trip from Bristol to Bath, runs on gas generated by the treatment of sewage and food waste at a nearby processing plant. It comes complete with an interesting design on the side of the vehicle.

[ 19 November 2014]

green care noun the therapeutic use of nature, especially for people with mental health issues

Today it is called green care. Though there has been no organized health-care discussion of green care in the U.S. or Canada, in the United Kingdom social and therapeutic horticulture is an increasing part of the health-care portfolio.

[ 31 October 2014]

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New words – 27 July 2015

July 27, 2015


exoskeleton noun a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position

The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

[ 18 December 2014]


haptics plural noun technology that involves the sensation of touching or feeling something

There’s a very real difference between controlled haptics and a flat buzz, especially in a piece of wearable tech, and the haptics in the Apple Watch have that nuanced feel – its heartbeat-sharing delivers a softly detailed pulse.

[Stuff (UK innovations magazine) Nov 2014]

parcelcopter noun an unpiloted drone, used for delivering parcels

First autonomous delivery flights by parcelcopter in Europe authorised.

[ 09 November 2014]

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New words – 20 July 2015

July 20, 2015


plug-in noun an electronic car

Since car makers and legislators ploughed billions into electric vehicles (and the infrastructure to support them), plug-ins have made the transition from rare-groove curios to viable short-range transport.

[GQ (men’s magazine) Nov 2014]



quadcopter noun an unpiloted helicopter with four rotors

If you are on a restricted budget, then the Syma X1 quadcopter for about $40 is a GoPro as it comes with a high definition camera capable of recording FPV.

[ 18 November 2014]

regenerative braking noun a system for capturing kinetic energy to recharge the battery pack of an electric car

The place to get aggressive on electric cars is with regenerative braking.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 12 October 2014]

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New words – 13 July 2015

July 13, 2015


yo-pro noun informal a young professional

The beloved British retailer that also opened Friday (in Springfield Town Center, which opened, in case you hadn’t heard) tries to be a spot where a mother of three, a teenager, or a young professional (‘yo-pros,’ as they call them) can shop.

[ 17 October 2014]


on fleek idiom slang exactly right

But if your eyebrows aren’t quite on fleek, don’t worry.

[ 07 December 2015]

What’s Gucci? idiom slang What’s happening?/What are you up to?

What’s Gucci pomade lovers? It’s that time of the week where I test out another product for you to decide to purchase to add to your collection.

[ 28 October 2014]

What’s Gucci pomade lovers? It’s that time of the week where I test out another product for you to decide to purchase to add to your collection.

[ 28 October 2014]

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