New words – 3 July 2023

two chefs garnishing a dessert
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four-hands dinner noun [C]
UK /ˌfɔː.hændz ˈdɪn.ər/ US /ˌfɔːr.hændz ˈdɪn.ɚ/
a special dinner cooked in an expensive, often famous restaurant by two senior chefs

Modern German restaurant Heimat’s head chef Peter Find and Towngas’ CulinArt 1862 head chef Stanley Wong are coming together for a special four-hands dinner happening in March and April. Celebrating their 30 years of friendship as well as their shared German heritage, the two chefs have prepared unique eight-course menus complete with sake and German wine pairings.
[, 28 February 2023]

alpha-footing noun [U]
the activity of choosing not to wear shoes in certain situations, such as in business meetings, said to be a sign of wealth and power

Goodbye loafers, beefed-up boaters and clunky cowboy boots – the new summer shoe for men is … nothing. Yup, the ultimate power move right now is alpha-footing, aka taking off your shoes completely. The naked foot look was dramatically brought to the screen by Lukas (Alexander Skarsgard) in Succession.
[, 23 May 2023]

pandemic brain noun [S]
/pænˈdem.ɪk ˌbreɪn/
a series of symptoms including forgetting things and not being able to think clearly that people are said to experience as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, even if they have not had Covid

From early on in the pandemic, college students reported strange symptoms even if they didn’t have COVID-19 — like forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, and an inability to think clearly. News outlets and social media users labeled the phenomenon “pandemic brain.” New research published in the Journal of American College Health suggests that college students may have been experiencing pandemic brain at the start of the 2020–2021 school year through spring 2022.
[, 24 April 2023]

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5 thoughts on “New words – 3 July 2023

  1. ashok1951

    It happens in India.They take off shoes before entering their houses , temples and before eating their meals.

    1. Crepusculum

      Shoes may be taken off in certain situational and cultural contexts but not as a display of power. When you take your shoes off before you walk into a temple, you do it out of respect, not because you’re an “alpha”.

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