Best Words of the Past Decade
I love this post on The Guardian’s Book Blog – it’s a collection of “neoglisms” (new words) from the past 10 years. Here’s a selection of my favourites from the list but it is worth a visit to The Guardian to see the full list.
- witches’ knickers (Ireland) shopping bags caught in trees, flapping in the wind
- glomp (US campus) to jump and hug someone from behind
- trout pout (UK) the effects of collagen injections that produce prominent, comically oversized lips resembling those of a dead fish
- smirting (New York) flirting between people who are smoking cigarettes outside a no-smoking building.
- huburb (US) its own little city within another city
- elevens the creases between one’s eyebrows from squinting or frowning
- California licence plate (US) a tattoo on the lower back
- open the kimono (US) to expose or reveal secrets or proprietary information
- banana fold (North Carolina) fat below the buttocks
- Anna Kournikova when an Ace and King are held (allegedly so called because it looks a good hand but in fact rarely wins anything)
- menoporsche (UK) the phenomenon of middle-aged men attempting to recapture their lost youth by buying an expensive sports car
- fox hole (UK) the area beneath desk where telephone calls can take place peacefully
- 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
- 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