New words – 5 June 2023

a middle-aged woman leaning against a railing in a minimalist white room, wearing jeans, a buttoned white shirt, and a beige jacket
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rich mom energy noun [U]
UK /ˌrɪtʃ mɒm ˈen.ə.dʒi/ US /ˌrɪtʃ mɑːm ˈen.ɚ.dʒi/
the confident attitude and simple, elegant way of dressing that suggests a woman has a lot of money

Rich mom energy was similarly inspired by the lifestyle (and fashion) choices of the superrich. An extension of the quiet luxury trend, it also denotes ostensibly low-key garments—neutral shades, simple cuts, no logos—that are nonetheless ultraluxurious and wildly expensive.
[, 17 April 2023]

blandstanding noun [U]
wearing clothes that are simple and practical, although very expensive

The quiet, understated rise of blandstanding: standing out amid the sea of gimmicky TikTok trends is an altogether more subtle look. It’s time for blandstanding. Which is? A self-assured appreciation of the familiar, the quotidian, the (maybe just a little bit) boring.
[, 20 February 2023]

quiet luxury noun [U]
UK /ˌkwaɪ.ət ˈlʌk.ʃər.i/ US /ˌkwaɪ.ət ˈlʌk.ʃər.i/
a fashion trend where clothing is of very high quality, well-cut and in neutral colours

Meanwhile, on TikTok, fashion fans are deeply invested in “quiet luxury,” trading Y2K-inspired trends for minimalist styles and muted colour palettes, and becoming a phenomenon in the process. Thanks to the latter, the search term “quiet luxury” has surpassed 35 billion views on TikTok … Quiet luxury is nothing new. Tech billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg have worn three-figure t-shirts to work for decades.
[, 9 May 2023]

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23 thoughts on “New words – 5 June 2023

    1. Tariel Bortsvadze

      It’s a phrase, not word. why do you make the English language difficult???Because it hurts us to learn this great language that you overload it too much .

      1. Carol Davison

        Yes , why use several words if there is one that can be used instead . Be concise .

    1. Adiba Shaikh

      I’ll just state that I’ve voted for the word/phrase “quite luxury,” as English already has enough terms for a newbie to feel overwhelmed before beginning. The fact that I can’t credit Twitter, Tiktok, or any other social media platform for the creation of new terms in the English language is, in my opinion, the most crucial.

  1. Miriam Kisilevsky

    The only one I found interesting was bland standing. It’s a common thing to see the rich dress modestly, despite spending a lot. Some prefer to wear non-flashy clothes, but quality clothes, like cashmere pullovers in plain colours. I don’t consider this boring, though I would have chosen another name.


    Why bloat the time-honored focus of dictionaries on single words, including as few phrases as possible? Let a Phrase Dictionary handle these, or, if phrases are now to be added to the basic dictionary, include those used widely and their sometimes colorful stories of origin: for example, “the whole nine yards” refers colloquially to an “over-the-top” effort, often in contexts in which “throw the whole book at them” might also be used. I’m told it originates from the normal length of a WWII belt of ammunition fed into anti-aircraft guns. Fascinating . . . but how much larger any such dictionary will be to include these fascinating phrases and their histories. I still use a print dictionary and prefer having one for single words and another for phrases.

  3. Jeffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

    those words(or phrases) are pretty interesting. I think we should learn those to expand our vocab dictionary

  4. DuckDuck123

    No no no, don’t add phrases. Instead, I would like the idea of a phrase dictionary – a dictionary with only phrases. It could possibly be called ‘Phrasionary’ or ‘Phrictionary’.

  5. Yu-Ming Siow

    Interesting phrases and words. Would it be possible to provide the etymology of those words also, as they are relatively new and rarely-used?

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