New words – 20 June 2016

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foodfie noun informal a photograph of the food that you are eating

Foodfie on Instagram

[ 23 January 2016]

faceswapping noun the practice of swapping the faces of people in photographs, usually on mobiles, for humorous effect

I hardly ever get to say this, but when it comes to faceswapping, I was an early adopter.

[ 08 March 2016]

Twitter quitter noun informal a high-profile user of Twitter who closes their account, usually after being trolled

So is he a real Twitter quitter? This is the fourth time he’s left the site so past evidence suggests he’ll be back, and he’s not the only celebrity to have ditched Twitter.

[ 01 February 2016]

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New words – 13 June 2016

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upscaling noun the process of using a piece of equipment to improve the image on a TV screen

The upscaling – which ‘converts’ your HD TV signal to 4k – produced results almost as good as Netflix’s native 4k.

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

screencast noun a digital recording of a computer screen that enables output to be captured and shared

Instead of uploading and editing a screencast video, a far easier path is to transform a few short videos into animated GIFs to create step-by-step instructions.

[ 19 February 2016]

FlatCam noun a nearly flat, lensless camera that uses millions of pinholes to allow light to reach a light-sensitive chip to record the image

Right now the images this FlatCam can produce are about as good as the first conventional digital cameras.

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

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New words – 06 June 2016

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wonky veg noun misshapen vegetables, sold at a cheaper price, often in a bargain box

We’re trialling these fab wonky veg boxes as part of our ‘Beautiful on the Inside’ range in 128 stores in our continued effort to tackle food waste across the supply chain and to help famers.

[ 04 February 2016]

In recent months, Tesco, Asda and Morrisons have introduced wonky veg lines that incentivise customers to buy ‘imperfect’ vegetables.

[ 29 March 2016]

power bowl noun a dish, typically served in a bowl, that contains several very healthy ingredients, usually including fresh vegetables and a protein source

A reasonable question: In this, the Year of our Bowl 2016, what truly distinguishes the ‘power bowl,’ an artfully curated and composed selection of vegetables which may be pickled or roasted but are certainly beautiful […]

[ 19 February 2016]

Forget salad plates and sushi platters: Why today’s foodies are all about the new Instagram-worthy ‘power bowl’

[ 22 February 2016]

tsiperifery noun a type of wild pepper; the peppercorns have a citrus flavour

A wild pepper called tsiperifery has been winning over food connoisseurs around the world.

[ 12 February 2016]

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New words – 30 May 2016

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decision fatigue noun a decreased ability to make decisions as a result of having too many decisions to make

Our brains have a finite number of decisions they can make before they get depleted and become less discerning – so this is called decision fatigue.

[PBS: All Things Considered (US news and information) 25 January 2016]

time poverty noun the lack of time to do anything to improve your life or for personal fulfillment or enjoyment due to the amount of time spent doing unpaid work

Melinda Gates Takes You Behind the Statistics on Time Poverty

[ (US video title) 22 February 2016]

the weekend effect noun the spike in death rates in hospitals at the weekend

The poll found anxiety about the ‘weekend effect’ increased most among elderly people, including 62 per cent of over-65s.

[ 15 January 2016]

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New words – 23 May 2016

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convo noun informal a conversation

The convo around concussions mostly focuses on guys who play football, but Chastain thinks that this whole thing could be a headache for women too.

[The Skimm (US email newsletter daily news digest) 04 March 2016]

sprezzy adjective chic and elegant

Or head on down to the King’s Road … and you’ll find the eminently sprezzier ‘nu-Sloane’.

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

salty adjective informal angry or causing anger

Why are you so salty anyway?

[Heard in conversation (young person, teens) 29 January 2016]

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New words 16 May 2016

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skyrunning noun the sport of running at 2k metres or more above sea level

Icicle, a company based in Chamonix, has launched skyrunning weeks with guided runs of 15-20km a day and coaching, for runners capable of half marathons.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 23 January 2016]

packrafting noun the sport of hiking and rafting, using an inflatable raft that you carry on your back

I carried mine here on my back, to try out the growing sport of packrafting – trekking into the wilderness with a small, stowable rubber craft in your rucksack.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 16 January 2016]

snow diving noun the activity of jumping into snow, dressed in swimwear and endeavouring to ‘swim’ through the snow

Bizarre trend of SNOW DIVING in just a swimsuit sweeps the nation after storm Jonas leaves parts of the East Coast with forty inches of white fluff

[ 25 January 2016]

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New words – 9 May 2016

generation_pauseclipped wing generation noun the generation of young adults who are unable to be independent from their parents because they cannot afford independent living costs

William Wragg, aged 28, is among tens of thousands of Britons who have joined the ‘clipped wing generation’ of graduates, despite earning £74,000 plus expenses as a Member of Parliament.

[ 10 February 2016]

genervacation noun a holiday taken by parents and their grown-up children which is paid for by the parents

While the rise of what travel firms are calling the ‘genervacation’ has been building for some time, it has received a turbo boost from pension reforms and soaring property prices.

[ 20 February 2016]

A large number of parents were caught up with guilt because their children can’t afford the holidays that they can, Mr Williams said. Travel firms have coined the phrase the ‘genervacation’ to describe the change.

[ 21 February 2016]

adultism noun discrimination against young people

Mizzou has developed a new guide to ‘inclusive terminology’ which ensures a healthy level of respect for all minority groups. It includes terms such as ‘adultism’ (prejudice against the young), ‘minoritised’ (when under-represented groups are made to feel inferior) and intersextionality (obscure).

[The Economist (UK current affairs magazine) 02 January 2016]

Unfortunately, not everyone takes the idea of adultism seriously, or even believes it exists. And it’s easy to see why – the idea that adults are biased to the detriment of the children in their lives is a sensitive topic.

[ 28 March 2016]

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New words – 2 May 2016

warningtrigger warning noun a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories

This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 28 November 2015]



safe space noun a place or situation, especially in an educational establishment, where people will not face discrimination or be forced to listen to views that are offensive to them

As an advocate of free speech, I am an unlikely person to defend the current move towards ‘safe spaces’ and ‘trigger warnings’ on university campuses.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 28 November 2015]

coercive control noun extreme and destructive controlling behaviour exhibited by a partner. It includes such practices as bullying, stalking, monitoring of mobile phone use, restricting access to money/friends/food, etc and is now recognised as a crime in UK law.

A new domestic violence law comes into effect on 29 December, which recognises for the first time that abuse is a complex and sustained pattern of behaviour intended to create fear. The coercive control offence, which carries a maximum penalty of five years […]

[ 28 December 2015]

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New words – 25 April 2016

bio-bandingbio-banding noun in sport, grouping children according to their physical maturity rather than their age

‘When we’re grouping children for sports, we do it by age groups, but the problem is that, within those age groups, we get huge variations in biological age,’ said Dr Sean Cumming, senior lecturer at the University of Bath’s department for health, which is helping Premiership rugby union side Bath conduct a six-month study evaluating bio-banding.

[ 19 December 2015]

rashie noun a type of clothing for the upper body, designed to be worn in water and to protect from sunburn and abrasions

An Australian brand has come up with a Christmas jumper rashie for surfing/sun protection.

[The Guardian (UK broadsheet) 28 November 2015]

biotech tattoo noun a wearable device for monitoring the heart rate, etc. that mimics a tattoo in appearance, being largely flat, with an aesthetic design

How biotech tattoos will turn you into a quantifiable canvas

[ 04 December 2015]

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New words – 18 April 2016

dude-fussingdude-fussing noun informal, humorous inefficient, unfocussed actions, designed to give the illusion of useful activity

Are you familiar with dude-fussing? It’s when you go camping and someone feels a primal need to poke at the fire every 30 seconds.

[ 03 November 2015]

gender tax noun a term used to refer to the pricing disparities between products aimed at men and women, usually showing a premium on products sold to women

New ‘Gender Tax’ study shows women are charged more for being women

[ 23 December 2015]

ze pronoun a non gender-specific pronoun

Overall, though, Baron calls the gender-neutral pronoun an ‘epic fail’ and reckons that new pronouns such as ‘ze’ may not survive.

[ 07 December 2015]

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