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Would You "Complisult" A Frenemy?

Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 2


Definition:

a backhanded compliment

Example:

A complisult from my aunt: "you gained some weight in your face. Looks nice." -Sandeep Parikh on Twitter, Nov. 24, 2009

Submitted by:

Diane Morris Bernstein, GA

Definition:

the pulverized remains at the bottom of a breakfast cereal bag or box

Example:

I happen to think the crushed flakes of cereal at the bottom of the bag are worse than someone stepping on my toe. I'd love for them to go away, but this cereal dust sifter just isn't the solution. -Joanna Stern, Gizmodo.com, Aug. 27, 2009

Submitted by:

Kolin Jeffery Goncalves, IN

Definition:

a comic published primarily on the Internet

Example:

Great new idea for a webcomic: a couple of tech-savvy hipsters living in NYC. I'm gonna be rolling in t-shirt sales money! -Niko Anesti on Twitter, Apr. 4, 2010

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Definition:

characterized by a desire to stab something; angry or frustrated

Example:

"Sovay" is my favorite Andrew Bird song so here it is in all its whistling divine glory. To this day he remains the only person whose whistling does not make me feel stabby. -Linda Park, Courier-Journal.com, Dec. 3, 2009

Submitted by:

Ted C, TN

Definition:

a neighborhood having both residential and industrial structures

Example:

In 2006, director D. W. Young originally set out to make a documentary about an abandoned lot in gritty Red Hook, a Brooklyn "residustrial" neighborhood that juts into New York Harbor. -Michelle Archer, USA Today, Dec. 5, 2008

Submitted by:

John P. Missale, NY

Definition:

preventive or anticipatory treatment for addictive or compulsive behaviors

Example:

Charlie Sheen has checked into rehab as a "preventative measure." Witness the ingenious invention of a new celebrity phenomenon: Prehab. -Maureen O'Connor, Gawker.com, Feb. 24, 2010

Definition:

interrupted esp. while making a public statement

Example:

Taylor Swift came on the radio. I switched to NPR. You just got Kanyed! -BJMorgan3 on Twitter, Mar. 31, 2010

Submitted by:

Adrian Carpenter, TX

Definition:

the practice of parking a car by backing it into a parking space

Example:

'Combat Parking' requires one to back in, so one can make rapid exit; just beep the horn before backing. -Anonymous, CarTalk.com, June 19, 2007

Definition:

a depiction of crime, social unrest, or depression

Example:

Despite this unusual sendoff, the ["Red Riding"] trilogy affords a fairly familiar immersion in contemporary British cinematic miserablism, where men and terror run wild, and beauty exists only in the cinematography and some of the performances. -Manohla Dargis, The New York Times, Feb. 5, 2010

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Definition:

[Darwin + winnow] to remove unwanted or unsuccessful elements or participants

Example:

Capitalism is not the same thing at all as fat, lazy, conniving and uselessly stupid capitalists. Indeed, the purpose of actual competition is to Darwinnow out the fools and keep the others nervous! -David Brin, "Contrary Brin" blog, March 13, 2009

Submitted by:

Don McClellan, CA

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