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What Makes Someone a "Sanctimommy"?

Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 4


Definition:

a mother who points out perceived faults in the parenting of others

Example:

"Sanctimommies of the world, rejoice! You have a new spokesperson, and even though she is a super model, she's just like you: obnoxious, self-congratulatory and anxious to make all the other mommies feelbad." -Dr. Amy Tuteur, skepticalob.blogspot.com, Aug 6, 2010

Submitted by:

West 4th

Definition:

any of various undergarments designed to give the wearer a slimmer appearance

Example:

"Since we have kind of a problem with women's shapewear (where does the fat goooo? And what happens when you take off said shapewear and reveal your actual shape to the prying eyes of the public?), you'd probably assume we feel the same way about men's shapewear." -Jen Doll, villagevoice.com, July 12, 2010

Definition:

a mineral that is mined, processed, sold, or distributed in a way that provides financing for civil wars and other forms of violence

Example:

"Last month, activists blanketed Intel's Facebook page with calls to support tough legislation to curb trade in conflict minerals." -Nicholas D. Kristof, The New York Times, June 26, 2010

Definition:

a person who discriminates against other people based on where the other people live

Example:

"If you happen to be from the state of Alaska they don't want your business. I don't know if the 'manager' was unaware that Alaska is an actual state that issues legitimate ID's, or if he was insisting that it was a fake ID, or if he was just being placist." -Rachel N., review on Yelp.com, Feb 17, 2010

Submitted by:

Laura M, New Zealand, July 19, 2010

Definition:

leggings that resemble tight-fitting denim jeans

Example:

"For those who love the sleek look of a skinny jean but can't stand the leg-sucking compression, impossibly small openings at the ankles or rigid denim digging into skin, the skinny jean/legging hybrid known as jeggings could be a worthy alternative - or just one more reason to feel like their thighs will never be toned enough." -Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, January 17, 2010

Definition:

[tweet + detox] to take a break from Twitter

Example:

"... my iPhone has not been more than arm's length away at any given moment this year, to the point that my husband thinks I need to 'tweetox' ..." -Maitri, vatul.net/blog, Dec 28, 2009

Submitted by:

Melody T, MD

Definition:

to homeschool without fixed curricula

Example:

"The structure of unschooling depends on the teacher, [Amy] Hamby-Scott said. 'One day you might go to a museum and look at art, and that's your schooling for the day.'" -Jessica Boyd, knoxnews.com, June 29, 2010

Submitted by:

Chris L, IA

Definition:

a usually political message delivered before one made by a rival

Example:

"BP Offers Prebuttal to Obama Speech" -headline, Politico.com, June 15, 2010

Definition:

[cat + patio] an enclosed outdoor space (such as a screened-in porch) for a cat

Example:

"I know they are happier when they get some 'outside' time, even if it's on a patio or porch. This 'catio' idea is brilliant, and safer for the whole animal neighborhood ..." -phrogfrau, comment on apartmenttherapy.com, June 20, 2010

Submitted by:

Ann P. Wilton

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Vuvuzela

Definition:

a long horn consisting of a straight tube made of aluminum or plastic that emits a loud monotone and that is often blown at sporting events as a rallying device

Example:

"Basketball's governing body said Monday the horns that provided the earsplitting buzz at World Cup soccer games will be banned from its tournament. The organizers said vuvuzelas used indoors could damage hearing and make it difficult to communicate on court." -Brian Mahoney, Associated Press, August 2, 2010

Submitted by:

N.Z., MA, June 14, 2010




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