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New words – 29 September 2014

September 29, 2014


loom band noun a very small, brightly-coloured rubber band which is woven together with others in a variety of configurations to make bracelets and other items

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a loom band bracelet on her recent trip to New Zealand, and David Beckham, One Direction’s Harry Styles and the Duchess of Cornwall have done the same.

[ 25.06.14]

velaterapia noun a treatment for split ends that involves burning the hair and which originated in Brazil

Brazilian model Barbara Fialho, who has walked the runway for Victoria’s Secret, swears by velaterapia – a procedure which uses an open flame to burn off spit ends.

[ 17.06.14]

normcore noun a fashion trend for bland, undistinguished clothes

Normcore is the antithesis of the highly stylized, dark-denim, vintage-tee hipster look.

[ 16.04.14]

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New words – 22 September 2014

September 22, 2014


IIFYM abbreviation if it fits your macros; refers to a type of diet (often favoured by sportspeople) that allows people to eat what they want as long as their diet contains the right number of calories and macronutrients (fats, carbs, etc)

For those of you that follow iifym how do you insure to meet the requirements for carbs protein and fat at the end of the day?

[ 27 February 2014]

Mint abbreviation the countries of Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey considered together as they are thought to be possible emerging economic giants

So what is it about the so-called Mint countries that makes them so special? Why these four countries?

[ 06 January 2014]

Sindie noun (a woman who fits the description of) single income now divorced

Luxury brands are reporting booming sales of erotic products from a new group of women known as ‘Sindies’.

[ 26 March 2014]

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New words – 15 September 2014

September 15, 2014


cryptocurrency noun a generic term for bitcoin-type e-currencies

Why are cryptocurrencies valuable? In the case of Bitcoin, because it was the first and is by far the largest, receiving the majority of monetary and media attention, with the one harmoniously building the other.


[ 15 February 2014]

life-tracking adjective describes wearable gadgets which record daily activities, such as exercise and sleep, and also keep a record of things done during the day, for example the number of photos the wearer takes

Sony Mobile president and CEO Kuni Suzuki took the stage at the tail end of Sony’s CES press conference to show off what he called ‘the tiniest gadget Sony has ever made’ — the life-tracking Sony Core.

[ 07 January 2014]

doxxing noun the activity of publicly revealing someone’s identity and other personal information online

This kind of outing, known as ‘doxxing’, involves scouring the Internet for personal data [...] and then publicly linking that information to the perpetrator’s transgression.

[New York Times Magazine (US news magazine) 19 January 2014]

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New words – 8 September 2014

September 8, 2014


couplie noun informal a self-shot of a couple

The selfie is over! Oh good, we hear you cry. But no, it’s just been replaced by the ‘couplie’.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 17 February 2014]


digital surgery noun post production techniques used to make actors appear taller and slimmer, and less wrinkled

Stretching the truth: Hollywood film makers now using ‘digital surgery’ to alter female stars to make them look taller and thinner.

[ 09 February 2014]

eco-thriller noun a thriller with an ecological subject matter

‘The Cove’ director hints his next eco-thriller may be out this year

[ 16 January 2014]

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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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