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New words – 23 February 2015

February 23, 2015

showrooming

showrooming noun the activity of examining a product in a physical store and then making the purchase with an online retailer

Amazon’s new smartphone is specifically designed to make showrooming fast and easy.

[Salon (online general interest news and information) http://www.salon.com 27 September 2014]

jerktech adjective describes controversial apps that allow people to sell things that do not belong to them, for example parking spots and restaurant reservations

BBCtrending: Should #jerktech apps exist?

[www.bbc.co.uk 15 July 2014]

Tesco tax noun a tax on large supermarkets

Some 19 other local authorities back a so-called ‘Tesco tax’ on big retailers, which could raise up to £400m a year.

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

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New words – 16 February 2015

February 16, 2015

swipe-right

right-swipe verb to move your finger to the right on a screen to show your approval for someone on the Tinder website

How efficient is the ‘right-swipe everyone’ strategy for dudes on Tinder?

[gawker.com 05 September 2014]

Jimmy Fallon wants you to swipe right for Britney Spears.

[www.dailydot.com 10 October 2014]

Tinderella syndrome noun the inability to form romantic relationships other than through online dating sites

In a phenomenon now affectionately referred to as the Tinderella syndrome, psychologists claim we’re damaging our love lives and ability to flirt by spending too much time communicating on screen.

[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ 29 August 2014]

PUA abbreviation pick-up artist; a person, usually a man, who coaches people, usually men, in the art of chatting up women

Strauss achieved this by joining a sub-culture of pick-up artists (PUAs), namely men who think of themselves as experts in attracting women. I was rapt. If he could do it, why not me? A couple of months later, disgusted by the manipulative tactics outlined, I threw the book in the bin. If only it had stayed there.

[http://www.vice.com 25 July 2014]

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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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