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Thursday, August 19, 2010
been twuncing lately anyone?
I could not resist posting this..... if you're into words take a peek!
Noughtyisms: the best w o r d s of the decade
Here's a selection of my favourite neologisms of the last 10 years. Please add your own Go to article here:
As a collector of words, here's my list of the best the decade had to offer, taken from my book, The Wonder of Whiffling. These words and expressions were all coined in particular parts of the world in specific years: they're principally slang and jargon; catching on, but still waiting to be formalised into our dictionaries.
The Wonder of Whiffling: (and Other Extraordinary Words in the English Language)
2000 witches' knickers (Ireland) shopping bags caught in trees, flapping in the wind get corrugated ankles (UK campus) to get drunk glomp (US campus) to jump and hug someone from behind drink-link (UK campus) a cash dispenser
2001 goat heaven (Caribbean) a state of unfettered freedom, enjoyment, indulgence evoking both bliss and excess
2002 cuddle puddle (New York) a heap of exhausted ravers trout pout (UK) the effects of collagen injections that produce prominent, comically oversized lips resembling those of a dead fish urbeach (US) an urban beach (a trend that began with the Paris Plage 2002) barbecue stopper (Australia) an issue of major public importance, which will excite the interest of voters
2003 smirting (New York) flirting between people who are smoking cigarettes outside a no-smoking building. meh (US, from "The Simpsons") boring, apathetic or unimpressive pumping party (Miami) illegal gatherings where plastic surgeons give back-street injections of silicone, botox etc croggie (UK schools) a ride of the crossbar or handlebars of another rider's bicycle
2004 flairing (Sydney) the action of bartenders balancing, catching, flipping, spinning or throwing (bottles, glasses, napkins, straws) with finesse and style glass ball environment (US intelligence) of the weather in Iraq being often conducive to collecting images from above sandwich generation (Canada) those caring for young children and elderly parents at the same time (usually "baby boomers" in their 40s or 50s) huburb (US) its own little city within another city zhing-zhong (Zimbabwe) merchandise made in Asia; cheaply made, inexpensive or substandard goods wardrobing (US) buying an item and then returning it after wearing it spange (street talk) for "Spare change?" pudding ring (Florida) facial hair made up of a moustache and a goatee J.Lo (Wall Street) the rounding bottom in a stock's price chart
2005 cougar (Canada) an older woman on the prowl, preferably for a younger man elevens the creases between one's eyebrows from squinting or frowning California licence plate (US) a tattoo on the lower back milkshaking (Kentucky) bicarbonate loading which slows fatigue in a horse Picasso porn (US) the scrambled signal of a pornographic cable channel as seen by a nonsubscriber Faye (UK) a bright light placed at eye level, in front of the performer, which helps to hide wrinkles (in honour of Faye Dunaway, who is said to always insist on one) fogging (UK) children showing minimal reaction to or agreeing with the taunts of a bully slippage (US) the percentage of people who get a cheque and forget to cash it set-jetter (UK) someone who goes on a holiday to a particular place simply because he's read about it or seen it in a film or on television swoop and squat (Washington) to drive and pull in front of another vehicle and slam on the brakes, deliberately causing an accident to collect the insurance money helicopter mom (US) a mother who micro-manages her children's lives and is perceived to be hovering over every stage of their development ghost ridin (US) jumping out of a moving vehicle – usually stolen – and letting it smash into another car, home or business roider (US) someone who injects illegal steroids to enhance his body open the kimono (US) to expose or reveal secrets or proprietary information nom de womb (US) a name used by an expectant parent to refer to their unborn child sequencing (US) delaying your career until your children are in school goose father a father who lives alone having sent his spouse and children to a foreign country to learn English or do some other form of advanced study twixters (US) fully-grown men and women who still live with their parents dog-whistle politics (Australia) to present your message so that only your supporters hear it properly doughnuting (UK) a carefully created seating plan which places an ideal group of MPs (women, photogenic, ethnic minority etc) around a leader for the ideal television shot
2006 ant hill family (UK) the trend whereby children move back in with their parents so that all work together towards group financial goals New York rain (Hong Kong) water that drips annoyingly from air-conditioners onto passers-by chair plug (2006) someone who sits in a meeting but contributes nothing banana fold (North Carolina) fat below the buttocks chubb (North Carolina) fat around the kneecaps hail damage (Minnesota) cellulite (from its pitted appearance being similar to the effects of hail) throw a series of notes (Illinois) to perform a back handspring with no hands black spider memo (UK) notes, mostly hand-written, in which Prince Charles enthusiastically details his beliefs on particular political topics rubber arms (California) surfers who turn to catch a wave, making all the paddling movements, but never really go anywhere push present (US) an expensive gift given to a woman by her husband in appreciation for having recently given birth Harry Potter a poker hand containing a Jack and a King (after JK Rowling) Anna Kournikova when an Ace and King are held (allegedly so called because it looks a good hand but in fact rarely wins anything) flashpackers (Australia) intrepid, but comfortably-off travellers glamping (UK) glamorous camping (prompted in part by celebrity-studded festivals like Glastonbury)
2007 menoporsche (UK) the phenomenon of middle-aged men attempting to recapture their lost youth by buying an expensive sports car gate fever (UK) terror at the prospect of release from prison hippo's tooth (US) a cement bollard fox hole (UK) the area beneath desk where telephone calls can take place peacefully puddle (US) a heap of clothing an actor steps into and is quickly zipped inside during one of those split-second costume changes that dazzle audiences
2008 goldfishing (UK) one politician talking inaudibly in an interview (you can see his lips move but only hear the reporter's words) twuncing (UK) when walkers drive two cars to the end point of their walk, and then ride together in one car to the starting point; after the walk they drive together to the starting point to collect the other vehicle shock and hee-haw (US) explosive devices under satchels on donkeys ham (UK) legitimate email messages (as opposed to "spam") mattressing (UK) the term used by other traders and bank managers to hide their results flusher (US) a volunteer who rounds up non-voters on Election Day
2009 generica (US) features of the American landscape (strip malls, motel chains, prefab housing) that are exactly the same no matter where one is catch a falling knife to buy a stock as its price is going down, in hopes that it will go back up, only to have it continue to fall