New words – 3 October 2011

Fomo abbreviation fear of missing out; a Facebook acronym to describe a feeling of anxiety and dissatisfaction induced by the conviction that other people are doing more exciting things than you are

It’s why a catchy silly acronym like Fomo has struck such a chord.
[The Observer (UK broadsheet) 17.04.11]

hilaire adjective informal hilarious

It promises ‘Carrie all grown-up’ fashion moments – the bit where she inadvertently juggles her Blackberry and her Mulberry Alexa – and laugh-out-loud gags (the mammogram one! Hilaire! The twins bit! Inspired!)
[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 13.06.11]

lulz plural noun variant of Internet abbreviation LOL (laughing out loud), used to mean fun or enjoyment

LulzSec is running around pummelling some of the world’s most powerful organisations into the ground… for laughs! For lulz! For shits and giggles! Surely that tells you what you need to know about computer security: there isn’t any.
[risky.biz (blog) 08.06.11]

merch abbreviation informal merchandise

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is the lady who can shift the most merch out of anyone on the planet.
[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 20.06.11]

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