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New words – 01 February 2016

February 1, 2016


awesomesauce noun slang the state of being extremely good or enjoyable or something or someone that is extremely good or enjoyable

Recovering from the awesomesauce of another fab #Vidcon!!

[ 03 August 2015]

Sensei Yu is basically the totally best ever awesomesauce.

[ 18 August 2015]

Here’s a list of some of her famous, awesome-sauce relatable characters throughout her career (and sorry I’m not going to mention her Bring It on Again no matter how much you try to make me …. I just won’t).

[ 10 September 2015]

weak sauce noun slang the state of being inferior or disappointing, or someone or something that is inferior or disappointing

Sorry, Joe Negron, but this latest ploy for Senate Presidency is weak sauce.

[ 26 August 2015]

My lucid dreams are weak sauce. Need help please!

[ 26 August 2015]

nothing burger noun informal something that has no substance or meaning

It’s then that we’ll find out if the putative agreement is, in the words of a senior negotiator, a ‘nothing-burger’.

[ 09 September 2015]

It’s frustrating to show her the statistics that say DCIS is a nothing burger but not be able to make her doubt the advice of her ‘expert’ doctor.

[ 25 August 2015]

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New words – 25 January 2016

January 25, 2016

kickskicks plural noun slang trainers

You can be wearing wavy garms or wavy kicks.
[Heard in conversation (UK teens) 05 July 2015]

From crop flares with tennis shoes to grunger-girl baggies with thick-soled skate kicks, here are three sneaker-flare formulas you need to know now.
[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 13 July 2015]

ear jacket noun a type of earring with a decorative part that curves under the lobe from behind

It’s all about an ear jacket, like the purple, £124 Missoma beauties.
[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 22 August 2015]

slashkini noun a one-piece swimsuit with lots of cut-outs, giving the appearance of having been slashed

Would YOU wear a slashkini? Millie Mackintosh, Vogue Williams and Nadia Forde lead summer’s hottest swimwear trend (but just imagine the tan lines!)
[ 17 July 2015]

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New words – 18 January 2016

January 18, 2016

skype-familySkype family noun a family in which one parent is living overseas and contact is maintained through Skype

A new report published by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (OCC) […] has revealed that around 15,000 British children are either separated from one parent and living in a ‘Skype family’ or forced to grow up outside the UK because of immigration rules introduced in July 2012.

[ 09 September 2015]

switch and swipe generation noun the younger generation who, it is claimed, experience more change in their lives than their parents, especially in their sexual partners, homes and jobs

All change for the ‘switch and swipe’ generation: Young people now have twice as many jobs, more partners and move house more often than their parents.

[ 05 July 2015]

grey gapper noun a person of retirement age who takes a year out of their normal life to go travelling

I was abandoned by my grey-gapper parents

[ 02 September 2015]

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New words – 11 January 2016

January 11, 2016


manel noun an exclusively male panel

Some of my male peers in the industry joke about it, calling the consistently male dominated talks or panels ‘manels’ – recognising the distinct lack of female voices. What’s telling is that ‘manels’ are everywhere – in the boardroom, C-Suite and across the tech sector, especially finance.

[ 06.08.15]


noun a former husband

We don’t talk about the ‘wasband’! Woman who advised Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin to use term ‘conscious uncoupling’ coins new phrase to describe ex-husbands

[ 21.09.15]

dude food noun informal food that is said to be favoured by men, often including meat

The tipping point is not the fact that middle-class hipsters with topknots and penny-farthings are pushing out all the grubby, real-deal greasy spoons and swapping them for slick banh-mi joints and dude food (perhaps I’m not bleeding-hearted enough – although it certainly bothers me).

[GQ (UK men’s magazine) Sept 2015]

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The body beautiful

January 5, 2016

by Colin McIntosh​
The pressure to achieve the perfect body shape is greater than ever before, for men no less than women. At the same time, rates of obesity are at their highest level ever. These two related facts are reflected in some new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. Much of the vocabulary relates to our bodies and how we see them.

An objective measure of how overweight or  otherwise we are is given by the BMI or body mass index: a measurement of our weight in relation to our height. But the way we see our bodies ourselves is very often not objective: we may have a body image that is very different from the way other people see us, with the result that we become irrationally unhappy with our appearance. This condition is called dysmorphia, and can lead to body dysmorphic disorder, a mental illness in which a person spends a lot of time worrying about how he or she looks and wrongly believes there are problems with his or her appearance. We look in the mirror and we see something very different from the actual image that is reflected back at us. Read the rest of this entry ?


New words – 4 January 2016

January 4, 2016


wavy adjective slang stylish

You can be wearing wavy garms or wavy kicks.

[Heard in conversation (UK teens) 05 Jul 2015]





basic adjective informal unattractive, unpleasant and unsophisticated

Festival headdresses. Basic is the only word applicable here. [The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 04 July 2015]

calm! exclamation slang good; cool

‘Your ticket’s arrived.’ ‘Calm!’

[Heard in conversation (UK teens) 05 July 2015]

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Look it up!

December 29, 2015

by Colin McIntosh​
The British dictionary tradition has differed from the American tradition in various ways, one of which is the treatment of words with a capital letter, like Brazil, Edinburgh, and John F. Kennedy.

British dictionaries traditionally made a distinction between content that was lexical and content that was encyclopedic. Lexical content (words, in other words) was the job of the dictionary, whereas encyclopedic content (countries, cities, dead white men) was the job of the encyclopedia. Nowadays, with the advent of search engines like Google, where all types of information are accessible, people tend not to distinguish between the two, and the internet is simply seen as one huge, amorphous source of information. This obviously has meant a big change in dictionary users’ expectations.

One enormous difference for dictionary makers in the digital age is that we can see what our users are looking up (or searching for, in the new parlance). When Samuel Johnson or James Murray published new dictionaries in past centuries, they had no idea if their users were looking up words they’d added, or if they were looking up words that hadn’t been included. Now we can run regular checks of “words searched for” and “words not found”. Read the rest of this entry ?

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