New words – 29 August 2016

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Paul Bradbury/OJO Images/Getty

prebuttle noun an argument against something that has not yet been said

[Hilary Clinton’s] campaign actually issued a prebuttle yesterday, asking for Sanders to endorse some of her proposals.

[WNYC: WNYC News (US and local New York news) 05 January 2016]

Berniesplain verb informal (of Bernie Sanders supporters and staffers) to explain Bernie Sanders’s positions to African-American voters in a patronizing
way

Charles Blow wrote a column in the Times today saying, ‘stop Berniesplaining’, and that he found that very condescending to African Americans.

[WNYC: Brian Leherer Show (NYC public affairs talk show) 11 February 2016]

virtue signalling noun demonstrating that you are right-thinking in your politics, for example, by wearing a charity ribbon or by updating your profile on a social media website to signal your support for someone

This is all a rather roundabout way of getting to ‘virtue-signalling’, a phrase that began to spread via op-ed sections last year and proliferated rapidly on Twitter, and against which quarantine measures now urgently need to be taken.

[http://www.theguardian.com 20 January 2016]

Are You Guilty of  “Virtue-Signaling?”

[http://acculturated.com 04 January 2016]

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New words – 22 August 2016

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Plume Creative/DigitalVision/Getty Images Plus

ringxiety noun the phenomenon of seeming to hear or sense a non-existent message or call on your phone

Do YOU have ‘ringxiety’? Being insecure about relationships leads people to hear ‘phantom calls’, researchers say

[www.dailymail.co.uk 05 February 2016]

If you find yourself reaching to answer your phone only to find that it had never rang [sic] you could be suffering from ‘ringxiety’,
according to academics.

[www.telegraph.co.uk 04 February 2016]

peak stuff noun the point at which consumers in developed countries cease to desire or require so many new acquisitions

If having more no longer satisfies us, perhaps we’ve reached ‘peak stuff’

[http://www.theguardian.com 31 January 2016]

Ikea senses room to grow amid ‘peak stuff’

[http://www.ft.com (article title) 18 January 2016]

postmateriality noun in the digital age, after materials such as film and tape stopped being used to record sound and images

We have a generation now that’s kind of coming to age postmateriality.

[NPR: All Things Considered (US news and information) 15 February 2016]

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New words 15 August 2016

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Atli Mar Hafsteinsson/Cultura/Getty

gringe noun a grown-out fringe (of hair)

‘A side-swept ‘gringe’ like Kate’s is good because it is forgiving and easy to grow out if the woman who has it isn’t a fan.

[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/ 09 March 2016]

beardruff noun informal dandruff in or from a beard

Got Beardruff? Stop Beard Itch In It’s [sic] Tracks With These Tips

[http://libertygrooming.com 17 March 2016]

footcial noun a beauty treatment for the feet

Dubbed ‘handcials’ and ‘footcials’ because they use the same techniques as facials, the experience leaves people’s entire body feeling relaxed.

[MNS email (US real estate email update) 08 January 2016]

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New words – 8 August 2016

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Evgeni Dinev Photography/Moment/Getty

set-jetting noun travelling to places because they have been the locations for films or TV programmes

Set-jetting is the latest travel trend that puts you on the set of your favorite movies, TV shows or even book settings.

[www.abc2news.com 08 February 2016]

teraproject noun an extremely large project, especially one costing over a trillion dollars

The problem, in the Age of the Teraproject, is that governments are still really, really bad at managing even mere billion-dollar projects.

[www.theglobeandmail.com/ 02 January 2016]

STEAM abbreviation the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math considered as a group

In recent years there’s been an increasing emphasis on encouraging STEM education – science, engineering, technology, and math – but other advocates have advocated STEAM, which adds art into the mix.

[WNYC: Leonard Lopate Show (US culture and current affairs talk show) 08 January 2016]

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New words – 1 August 2016

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Paper Boat Creative/DigitalVision/Getty

sliver building noun an extremely tall, narrow skyscraper

It seems that we are seeing more super-tall buildings, including those sliver buildings on fifty-seventh street in midtown.

[WNYC: Leonard Lopate Show (US culture and current affairs) 21 January 2016]

shadow flipping noun the practice of selling a house and then re-selling it several times before completing the contract

An angry former homeowner who believes he’s a victim of ‘shadow flipping’ is speaking out about a Richmond real estate investor, who has been sued by several other homeowners, in the hopes he can serve as a warning to others in our overheated housing market.

[http://bc.ctvnews.ca/ 11 February 2016]

nanotecture noun small-scale, experimental architecture

Take a look at 11 other examples of ‘nanotecture’ – from the small, to the not-so-small.

[http://www.bbc.co.uk/ 28 March 2016]

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New words – 25 July 2016

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unschooling noun an educational method or concept that involves children directing their own learning by following their own interests rather than by having a structured curriculum

Once my unschooling son announced he wants to get a Ph.D. in biology I decided I had to get serious about making sure he can get into college.

[education.penelopetrunk.com 02 January 2016]

She is passionate about unschooling and self-directed learning, Attachment Parenting, homebirthing, holistic health, and homesteading.

[www.citykidshomeschooling.com 02 January 2016]

lifehack noun an action you can take to make your life easier or better

This likeable pop-science show takes the current craze for lifehacks and steers it gently into the absurd.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 02 January 2016]

blue belt noun an area of protected coastline

The UK government has extended the coastal ‘blue belt’ of protected marine areas

[www.bbc.co.uk 17 January 2016]

Britain’s ‘Blue Belt’ haven for our marine life doubles
Almost two dozen new conservation zones protecting UK waters will save rare and exotic creatures from fishing and seaside development

[www.telegraph.co.uk (article title) 17 January 2016]

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New words – 18 July

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skynesher/Vetta/Getty

circular economy noun an economic model that prioritises the longevity of goods, for instance by sharing or recycling them

Amsterdam is fast becoming a leading circular-economy city, with businesses such as MUD Jeans and Fairphone committed to a circular economy business model.

[http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/ 29 January 2016]

collaborative economy noun the practice of collaborating with others on owning, renting, exchanging or donating goods and services

The management guru Jeremy Rifkin argues that the ‘Internet of Things’ has triggered an economic shift from capitalist markets to a collaborative commons, while the journalist Paul Mason claims the ‘collaborative economy’ represents proof of a viable post-capitalist operating system for the 21st century.

[GQ (UK men’s magazine) February 2016]

gig noun informal a short-term job

But the idea of a gig is only alluring if you know you can hit the road when it gets joyless. Otherwise it’s just an old word for a job you need that you can’t count on having tomorrow.


[NPR: Fresh Air (US culture interviews) 11 January 2016]

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New words – 11 July 2016

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singlism noun the stigmatization or marginalisation of single people

SINGLISM: IT’S COMPLICATED

[http://www.pqmonthly.com/ 01 February 2016]

Are you a victim of singlism?

[Gracia (UK celebrity magazine) 01 February 2016]

otherize verb to make someone seem to be outside of and unlike the members of a particular group

‘The Trump campaign has attempted to otherize other candidates’,[…] that’s conservative commentator S. E. Cupp on CNN on Super Tuesday.                    

[NPR: All Things Considered (US news) 06 March 2016]

With ‘Otherize,’ Pundits Reach Outside The Dictionary To Describe Politics

[http://www.npr.org/programs/all-things-considered/ (US news, headline) 06 March 2016]

neomasculinity noun an extreme ideology of male supremacy

The founder of a controversial ‘neomasculinity’ group called off a string of international meetups, including two scheduled in Iowa, after warnings from Des Moines police and other agencies this week…    

[http://www.desmoinesregister.com 04 February 2016]

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New words – 4 July 2016

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Paul Marotta/Moment Open/Getty
craftivism noun the use of hand-crafted objects, such as knitted items, in public places as a way of raising awareness of certain issues

These woolly acts are all examples of ‘craftivism’ or ‘craft activism,’ whose practitioners deliver large-scale political and public art statements with knitted and crocheted pieces.
[http://www.winnipegfreepress.com 06 February 2016]

Brexiter/Brexiteer noun one who favours Brexit, (=Britain leaving the EU)

The Brexit debate is more nuanced, but the Brexiteer’s dream of unshackling the UK Europe, the ‘In’ camp will argue, is equally emotional and incoherent.
[http://www.telegraph.co.uk 22.02.16]

Here’s how to argue with a Brexiter – and win
[http://www.theguardian.com 20 February 2016]

Trumpism noun the views and cultural and political statements of Donald Trump

It’s the causes that are already being lost that are able to generate the sort of anxiety and fear that’s the heartbeat of the culture wars. […] And we see that today obviously with Trumpism…
[WNYC: Leonard Lopate Show (US culture and current affairs) 13 January 2016]

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New words – 27 June 2016

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creeping obesity noun obesity which results from incremental weight gain over a number of years

More than just a holiday glow: Experts reveal taking a vacation can actually save your LIFE (but there is still a risk of ‘creeping obesity’)

[www.dailymail.co.uk 27 January 2015]

Vacations contribute to Americans’ ‘creeping obesity,’ study suggests

[www.minnpost.com/ 28 January 2016]

breakfastarianism noun the practice of eating breakfast foods at any meal and not merely the morning meal

There are a couple of words being bandied around. One is ‘brinner’ and the other is ‘breakfastarianism’.

[BBC Radio 4 [news programme] 25 January 2016]

reducetarian noun someone who is making a determined effort to eat less meat (and often other animal-derived products)

Want To Help The Environment, End Animal Suffering, And Improve Your Health? Become A Reducetarian!

[http://www.collective-evolution.com 01 February 2016]

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