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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:
Posted by  Adam Jacot de BoinodTuesday 15 December 2009 12.23 GMT guardian.co.uk
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.
  1. The Wonder of Whiffling: (and Other Extraordinary Words in the English Language)
  2. by Adam Jacot de Boinod
  3. Buy it from the Guardian bookshop
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

13 comments:

Mlle Paradis said...

oh this was fun! and the origins of the expressions almost as original as the expressions themselves! who would do some of those things ? (obviously i'm not a child of the noughties.)

for the record though, mr. paradis says that the expression: g'is a croggie is as old as the hills - since he used it as a young lad! (and he is.....)

and.....generica....i'll go back to my "train bleu" post and change the description of the downstairs cafe from "banal"!

dosfishes said...

Some of these are quite funny. It's hard enough to keep the languages straight without resorting to all these new slang sayings...keep it simple for me. xox Corrine

La Dolce Vita said...

really fun post Sophie!! I so enjoyed reading them all ... how are you doing? hope it is all going smoothly now?? xx's

Sophie Munns said...

MP - a good bit of late night fun! I was reminded that in my 20's i used to like to make up words like this...nothing that caught on... its rather a fun thing to do thing to do I think ... esp as new things emerge!
Croggie does sound like it would hail from somewhere in the UK... years ago... I believe Mr P entirely!!
generica ffeels so right I think as well....

Well Im off for a spot of twuncing myself soon .... well not quite. It needs another name ....
what do you call it when you go walking with a new Mum, her baby and a very fast pusher and there are bike-riders and roller-bladers tearing past you on the same pathway and you also have a small dog on a leash to control?

Walking has become a kind of extreme sport in this context... it needs a good name!
enjoy your day!
S

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Corrine,
I know that feeling...you read these...you laugh...you never use them again...
well....some do stick around!
Nice to hear from you,
ciao,
S xo


hello Caterina,
A fun list... curious to check if one knows them really a few Aussie ones have passed me by! Flashpacking Ive heard of - maybe even practised a little!
Yes....back onto the next thing... good to unwind a bit before getting going again though isn't it? Lovely hear from you...will pop over soon,...cup of tea?
S xo

Lucy said...

Love it - there's quite a few Aust ones in there. Which doesn't surprise me one bit, actually. Trout Pout made me howl - I used to work in a bookshop in a very "smart" part of Melbourne and occasionally would see regular customers whose lips had swollen horrfically. Was only later that I realised that the plastic surgery clinic was in the next block. Most amausing.

The Guardian...sigh...wish we had something as good here in Aust.

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Luce,
Yes...that trout pout one is a goodie... the "barbeque stopper" is quite apt in parts of this country ...Saturday may well be one of days!

I'd swap the "Curious Mail" (should say Courier Mail) anyday for the Guardian!!!

Hope all your changes are going fabulously well my friend!
S x

ArtPropelled said...

Most entertaining! Smirting .... Glomp ....What a hoot!
Trout Pout is used often here. What on earth would pocess an intelligent being to do such a thing ..... Oh,ok I get it :-)

Sophie Munns said...

Hi Robyn,
reading this makes you kind of want to throw a few new words into the conversation I think.... or make a few of ones own words up!
good to hear your chuckle form across the Indian Ocean,
S

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings dear Sophie,

Being a collector of different types of dictionaries, as I love the obscure, this wonderful post of yours is a riot! What a true treasure you have shared with us all.

Thank you so very much for putting a smile on my face just as I am about to head to bed. I guess I will not be counting sheep tonight, rather letters will be leaping over objects and pilling up into a jumble of undecipherable alien code of some kind.

Have a great weekend,
Egmont

Sophie Munns said...

Hello over there Egmont,
you made me chuckle imagining the leaping letters... words are tremendously interesting I agree.
I had an amazing time in Greece many years ago on a 4 month stay with a quite basic paperback dictionary familiarising myself with their alphabet and words and seeing the origins of so many English words... getting to appreciate the root meanings and such.
These are coming from another realm altogether but still very telling and fascinating!
Good to hear from you,
Enjoy your weekend ...
Sophie

grrl + dog said...

well my vocab has broadened significantly..

still need to know what whiffling is... or do I?

Sophie Munns said...

All the words you ever/never need to know Denise?

actually I quite like some of those words.
can only guess at whiffling from that picture on that book cover.

S