New words – 30 August 2021

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aire noun [C]
UK /eəʳ/ US /er/
a piece of land where you are allowed to park a motorhome and stay overnight

Scotland appears to be making preparations for a boost in home tourism with plans for an ‘aires’ network for motorhomes. According to a recent BBC report, ‘Highland Council has proposed creating a site which would accommodate up to 30 vehicles in North Kessock on the Black Isle, near Inverness.’ … Black Isle councillor Gordon Adam said ‘that it was hoped that an aires system could be in place for next year’s tourist season’.
[practicalmotorhome.com, 17 November 2020]

flexcation noun [C]
/ˌfleks.ˈkeɪ.ʃᵊn/
a holiday during which parents spend some of the time working from home and children are homeschooled, allowing the family to go away for a longer period than usual and at a time of year when they would not normally be able to go on holiday

With more flexible work and school arrangements, many families are embracing the idea of a “flexcation,” an emerging travel trend where families rent vacation homes later in August, September and October, consider staying longer to mix work and play, and often get better value in high-demand locales. If you missed out on your annual summer trip this year or just want to take advantage of more flexibility in your work and school routine, consider a flexcation.
[vrbo.com, 2021]

midweeker noun [C]
UK /ˌmɪdˈwiːkəʳ/ US /ˌmɪdˈwiːkɚ/
a short holiday taken during the week and not over a weekend

You need three elements for a romantic midweeker: a lovely hotel, ideally with foodie credentials, perhaps a spa; interesting independent shops; and beautiful scenery. The Cotswolds, basically. The quintessential posh weekender returns to its slower self between Monday and Thursday.
[www.telegraph.co.uk, 15 July 2021]

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7 thoughts on “New words – 30 August 2021

  1. Alan Sim

    Far too many new words appearing like, physicality etc.
    Americanisms like spelling of meter, theter, the date beginning with the month.
    Whiskey instead of Whisky in Scotland.
    Pronounciation of lock for Loch, Dornock for Dornoch, drawring for drawing, garash for garage.

  2. Terry Bradbury

    aire, (air, Eire!). I believe this is a word that will disappear. Who is likely to know what a specialist word for a site to park motorhomes is? Who will know what you are talking about? In fact, how many of these Aires (now that’s an interesting word, bet your councilor had not realised we had this problem). How many will there be? I am sure they will become physically merged with campsites and caravan parks anyway. Specialist words for specialist subjects where there is no meaningful alternative Yes. New words for new articles, activities, etc Yes. New words for the sake of new words No.
    We have had mid week holidays for the entirety of my lifetime, so why not call those who partake of the activity midweeker’s it is after all self-explanatory.
    flexcation is no doubt here to stay with the new trend of working from home, although I think within a short period of time it will likely be defined differently as I am sure it will be more for young couples work from holiday homes than for families.

    1. Hopeful Light

      Seems true. More like, definitely true. Still, I think the midweek should be added. This word is short and cannot be replaced. Peace

    2. I guess words like hypervitaminosis and electroculargraph would have also disappeared a long time ago as who is likely to know what specialist words in certain fields are anyway? Society is complex. There are literally thousands of different subcultures from things like psychology to construction work to literature all the way down to My Little Pony fandoms on the internet. All these different communities exist and they will all have their own specialised terms that not everyone in society will know about.

      Not everyone is expected to know every word. 🙂

  3. Benoît Gauthier

    As I am French I can say it’s used in France to name places on motorways where you can park and rest. Formerly it’s, in French, a piece of land used for a specific purpose. Why wouldn’t we lend you that word? You’ll keep it if it’s up to you!

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