New words – 22 November 2021

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bounceback wardrobe noun [C]
UK /ˈbaʊns.bæk.wɔː.drəʊb/ US /ˈbaʊns.bæk.wɔːr.droʊb/
all the clothes that someone owns, or wants to buy, for the period of time after lockdown, when they are back at work and going out socially again

Now, with the lifting of lockdown restrictions and the great re-entry, it seems a lot of women are finding that their wardrobes are insufficient, dated, or in some way lacking the polish and pep required for their revived professional and social lives. Women spent, on average, £200 between April and June on their “bounceback wardrobes”, according to the new State of Retail Report.
[, 27 July 2021]

circular fashion noun [U]
UK /ˌsɜː.kjə.lə.ˈfæʃ.ᵊn/ US /ˌsɝː.kjə.lɚ.ˈfæʃ.ᵊn/
clothes that are designed and made in such a way that they will last for a long time, can eventually be repaired or redesigned instead of being thrown away, and cause little or no damage to the environment

As it stands, most fashion products are made from new textiles, sold, worn, discarded and sent, eventually, to landfill … or worse, they are incinerated. Circular fashion looks to disrupt that linear trajectory, keeping clothing and materials in use through recycling, repurposing and rewearing, avoiding where possible making completely “new” products and reducing the amount of ecologically harmful waste.
[, 16 March 2020]

tourdrobe noun [C]
UK /ˈtʊə.drəʊb/ US /ˈtʊr.droʊb/
all the clothes that someone, usually a famous woman, wears when she is on a tour of several different places where she will be seen by the public and the media

And the Duchess of Sussex was also flying the flag for fashion as she brought an expansive tourdrobe to suit every kind of engagement (and her baby bump). Over 16 days in Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand we saw the Duchess of Sussex in an array of international designers, from Aussie brands to British labels, and lots of American influence.
[, 2 November 2018]

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6 thoughts on “New words – 22 November 2021

  1. Ed L

    It’s amazing and difficult trying to even read what we call “Old English”. There was also a point in time in England, where words were being rapidly introduced from the similar Norse Language that people began having some difficulty understanding each other.
    You used to “consider” adding a word after years of “wide spread use”. Now it seems a “made up” word that is hip or vogue and fashionable deserves to be included even if, relatively speaking, is not widely used or even known or in use for an extended period of time. A prime example is the word “irresponsible” – which was actually used as an incorrect answer in language/vocabulary tests decades ago… eventually it made it into the dictionary after years of PROVEN persistent use and widespread acceptance. Simply; don’t be so quick and easy to change our language by adding words that are more appropriately “slang” (at this point in time) just because they’ve been used for awhile. They should be in common widespread use for several years to be sure they have proven themselves to be really be a new part of the English language. I don’t know what your mandates are for “new words” but in my humble opinion it should be to define commonplace accepted words. By accepted words I mean that have been commonly (widespread) words that have evolved into persistent use over several years. Also words that were commonplace at one time, still used today but not so commonly. I don’t think a dictionary should be used as a means of trying to spread the use of a fashionably used new words. Here’s a curious question… Do you have criteria for REMOVAL of unused “forgotten” words ? I sure you do.

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