New words – 7 September 2015


HEN noun a happy empty nester: a mother who is enjoying the freedom of having had children leave home

Having the house to themselves was another reason to celebrate being a HEN – a third said their home was now a ‘calmer place’.

[ 02 June 2015]

But one handle (a new one that’s presumably been dreamed up by a young ad man somewhere in W1) has reduced me to spitting in anger. Apparently, according to the newspapers this week, I am one of a new breed of HENS. Yes, that’s me, I’m a hen.

[ 15 June 2015]

FOGO abbreviation informal fear of going out; a light-hearted term to talk about not wanting to go out with friends

First we had FOMO (fear of missing out); only for it to be replaced by FOGO: fear of going out.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 15 June 2015]

TBF abbreviation to be fair: text abbreviation

She apparently answered, ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.’ We’d have said the same TBF.

[Grazia (UK celebrity magazine) 15 June 2015]

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