New words – 19 November 2018

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free-range parenting noun [U]
UK /ˌfriː.reɪndʒ.ˈpeə.rᵊn.tɪŋ/ US /ˌfriː.reɪndʒ.ˈper.ᵊn.tɪŋ/
a way of raising children that involves allowing them to do many things without being supervised in order to encourage them to become independent and responsible

Free-range parenting isn’t about being permissive or uninvolved. Instead, it’s about allowing kids to have the freedom to experience natural consequences of their behavior — when it’s safe to do so. It’s also about ensuring kids have the skills they need to become responsible adults.
[, 24 March 2018]

maternymoon noun [C]
UK /məˈtɜː.ni.muːn/ US /məˈtɝː.ni.muːn/
a holiday taken by a family while the mother is on maternity leave from work

For us, we were quite happy with a driving holiday overseas for our first maternymoon, however, we’ve decided on a relaxing, tropical holiday closer to home for our second one. Yep, you heard right – a second one!
[, 16 August 2016]

rental family noun [C]
UK /ˈren.tᵊl.fæm.ᵊl.i/ US /ˈren.t̬ᵊl.fæm.ᵊl.i/
actors who are paid to pretend to be someone’s family members in order to provide companionship or to accompany the person to social events such as parties and weddings

Yūichi Ishii, the founder of Family Romance, told me that he and his “cast” actively strategize in order to engineer outcomes like Nishida’s, in which the rental family makes itself redundant in the client’s life. His goal, he said, is “to bring about a society where no one needs our service.”
[New Yorker, 30 April 2018]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 19 November 2018

  1. April

    Maternymoon sounds really weird , at least to me , cuz’ instead of using this word we can simply say holiday
    And your being on a maternity leave isn’t really worth mentioning ,this word is highly unnecessary

  2. all this ‘talk’ on ‘new words’ makes me think of Lonely people with too much time on their hands and no mates to spend time with!?
    I have an observation for pepe’s to Mull over;- It always,(almost) seems to be the East coast of countries that use the most original ‘New words/Phrases in Everyday conversations??
    e.g. ‘Bolt ya Radge!’ meaning;- I don’t believe you! Literal meaning;- no way sir/madam is that true!?,(whatever the topic of the conversation had been?).
    I am a native and resident of the Royal Burgh of Fife located in the central coastal part of Scotland!! an Area rich in Unique and descriptive language!!

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