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New Words and Slang

Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 1


Definition:

a bank executive who engages in reckless or predatory financial practices

Example:

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was in town Saturday, with a message for the "banksters" controlling the American financial system: He's coming for you, and he's bringing a bunch of people with him. -Jim Shelton, New Haven Register, January 10, 2010

Submitted by:

Brian J. Anderson, VA

Definition:

the exposed waistband of thong underwear

Example:

Cosmo reminisces about Woody Allen's usage of the term "visible panty line" in 1977's "Annie Hall," the first Victoria's Secret runway show in 1995, and the rise of "whale tail" in the early aughties. -Huffington Post, February 2, 2010

Submitted by:

Small Planet, CA

Definition:

to alter or use electronic information without permission (as for identity theft)

Example:

U.S. Treasury Department's E-Mail List "Cyberjacked" and Abused -counterterrorismblog.org

Submitted by:

Robert Sainz, OR

Definition:

a celebrity chef

Example:

Jon and Kate have got celebrichef Emeril Lagasse to help them cook up a 100th-episode celebration feast. -London (Ontario) Free Press, June 8, 2009

Submitted by:

K.A. Hoffa, PA

Definition:

a documentary about sports or a sports figure

Example:

"Semi-Pro" is more of a jockumentary, loosely based on the ABA's final season, 1975-76. -Mark Bennett, The Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, IN), 2008

Submitted by:

J.C. Moore, PA

Definition:

a fingerless glove usually with an attached flap covering for the fingers

Example:

A functional cross between a glove and a mitten - a glitten. -jcrew.com

Submitted by:

Anonymous

Photo: Vincent Diamante from Flickr

Definition:

mixed snow and rain

Example:

With the temperature hovering just above freezing, snain is predicted for today.

Submitted by:

Cathy Cordry, AL

Definition:

to return unpurchased merchandise to the shelf while shopping

Example:

I better unshop these items, since I can't really afford them.

Submitted by:

Vegan Chick, CO

Definition:

a list of references gathered from Internet sites

Example:

This webliography presents a wide range of electronic resources related to the open access movement that are freely available on the Internet as of April 2005. -digital-scholarship.org

Submitted by:

Rebecca Ortega, CA

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Definition:

the years 2000 through 2009

Example:

Here in the United States, we spent New Year's weekend bidding good riddance to the awful, awful aughties - a miserable decade of bubbles and busts, rising health care bills and soaring deficits, domestic terror attacks and overseas quagmires. -Ross Douthat, New York Times, January 4, 2010

Submitted by:

Art Fisher, VA

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