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abs adverb UK very informal absolutely
‘Abs’. It’s the new ‘obvs’. As in, ‘Your Christmas decorations this year are abs gorgeous.’
lappy noun informal a laptop computer
I’ll probably need a new lappy in not too long.
Mama Grizzly noun in the US, a Republican mother whose maternal instinct has galvanized her politically
Two self-proclaimed ‘Mama Grizzlies,’ supporters of Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle, discuss why more women like Angle and Sarah Palin should be elected to office.
man up! exclamationused to exhort someone to take courage and make difficult decisions
It also made suggestions on how to control long-term health care costs. You could say that they are proposing to man up the new health care law in this regard.
obvs abbreviation UK informalobviously
We’re pleased to say the main topic of conversation in the office this week (apart from ‘The X Factor’, obvs) has been curvy girls on the catwalk.