New words – 31 October 2016

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ghost driver noun [C] UK /’gəʊst ˌdraɪ.və/, US /’goʊst ˌdraɪ.vɚ/
a taxi driver who uses a frightening profile photograph to encourage the passenger to cancel the taxi ride

The practice, which has been nicknamed the ghost driver issue, involves scam drivers using gruesome pictures that force users to hit “cancel” when they see who is coming to pick them up, and pay a cancellation fee. [The Telegraph 20 September 2016]

creepy clown noun [C] /ˈkriː.pi ˌklaʊn/
someone who dresses up as a clown in order to frighten people

… [C]reepy clown sightings are cropping up across the country without explanation. [www.rollingstone.com 29 September 2016]

trumpkin noun [C] /’trʌmpkɪn/
a pumpkin made to look like Donald Trump

People are carving their pumpkins to resemble Donald Trump in what is undeniably one of Halloween’s scariest offerings. The ‘Trumpkin’ is taking over social media with hundreds of people carving out or painting ridiculous expressions onto their vegetables.  [Metro 13 October 2016]

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