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New words – 23 March 2015

March 23, 2015

crossfit

crossfit noun high-intensity strength training

Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch […] with two men who, like everyone else at the evening’s event, do crossfit.

[New York Times (US broadsheet) 10 August 2014]

 

 

face ironing noun informal a cosmetic procedure aimed at reducing wrinkles

The Thermage treatment is also commonly known as the ‘face-ironing treatment.’ Yikes. Sound painful enough for you? But there’s a reason why stars like Gwyneth keep coming back for more. The treatment boosts collagen levels in the skin’s lower layers, creating a tightening effect to the top layer.

[http://uk.eonline.com/ 04 August 2014]

no-poo noun the practice of washing the hair without using shampoo

The ‘no-poo’ method, which involves using natural substitutes or just water in place of shampoo and conditioner, has credibility within several circles.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 12 August 2014]

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New words – 9 March 2015

March 9, 2015

stack_sandal

stack sandal noun a type of sandal with high heels and a platform under the toes

70’s stack sandals: Kate Moss is a mega fan.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 25 August 2014]

 

 

pyjamming noun informal wearing pyjamas in a public place and posting photos on social media, usually as a charity stunt

The River Cam could be better known for punting or playing host to the Bumps – but now it is also the first site for people to go “pyjamming”. Business leaders from around the city have taken on the challenge to snap themselves on the river wearing just their pyjamas, joining the fight against youth homelessness.

[http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/ 28 July 2014]

Action for Children is calling on Bristol residents to join the fight against youth homelessness by ‘pyjamming’ too – posing in their pyjamas and sharing photos online.

[http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/ 28.07.14]

skirtini noun an all-in-one swimming costume with integral skirt

Dreading the big reveal on the beach? So was CHARLOTTE KEMP, until she discovered this summer’s answer to wobbly thighs, stretch marks and bulging love handles: the skirtini. The length of the skirt and the cut of the top has to be just perfect to flatter – but get it right and a well-chosen skirtini will totally transform how you look – and feel – on the beach this summer

[www.dailymail.co.uk/ 17 July 2014]

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New words – 2 March 2015

March 2, 2015

snapchat

snapchat verb to send someone a message using the photomessaging application Snapchat

We used to have a thing until he got a girlfriend. now [sic] that he’s back home in England, he snapchatted me and he said ‘are you ever coming to England?’

[straightwhiteboystexting.tumblr.com
11 July 2014]

 

But if its true that I am friendzoning myself do I just ignore her and stop texting and snapchatting her altogether?

[www.girlsaskguys.com 17 July 2014]

backie noun informal a selfie that someone takes of their back

The backie. It’s the new selfie; Col. views it as marginally less narcissistic, and therefore an improvement on the orig.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 04 August 2014]

vining noun the practice of posting video loops on the short-form video sharing service Vine

Anyway, they’re trying to crack down on Vining.

[Heard in conversation (man, mid-forties) 02 July 2014]

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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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