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Humble Brag, "Planking," "Stuffocation" & More

Top 10 User-Submitted Words, Vol. 6


Definition:

a statement that conveys false humility : a brag couched in self-deprecation

Example:

"Facebook seems to be the perfect place for this. How many status reads have actually been humble brags?" - post on Elizabeth Runs blog, February 25, 2011

Submitted by:

Sandra Turnbull, CA

Definition:

a game or activity in which participants lie facedown in unusual locations

Example:

"Planking has achieved notoriety as an online fad, as people try to plank in the most unlikely places." - Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2011

Definition:

a disorder in which a person falsely believes that a friend or relative has been replaced by an identical impostor

Example:

"Capgras delusion can be brought about by a variety of conditions - changes in brain chemistry associated with different mental illnesses, or physical trauma to the brain - but the delusion always involves the distinct feeling that the people around you have been replaced by impostors." - Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, NPR Morning Edition, March 30, 2010

Submitted by:

Maryam Nikzad, TX

Definition:

distracted by the act of texting to such a degree that one seems intoxicated

Example:

"[Justin Bieber] says he was inspired to get involved in the campaign because of the Alex Brown Foundation, which is a charity named after a teenager who died because he was driving while intexticated." - Darian Demetri, Teenchive.com, July 20, 2011

Submitted by:

Zach Hartranft, MD

Definition:

(interjection): used to identify something as a complete failure; also
(noun) : something that fails completely

Example:

"Righting the struggling economy through saner, sounder fiscal policies is not the only issue that should be ranked an 'epic fail' on Capitol Hill over the last decade." - Sid Salter, ClarionLedger.com, Aug. 9, 2011

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Mandy, CT

Definition:

the fact of being overwhelmed by the stuff one has bought or accumulated

Example:

"Over the weekend, I worked on filling two more storage tubs for our local consignment store, as I do every month. ... Regularly consigning two tubs of stuff ... is how I prevent 'stuffocation.'" - post on WantingWhatYouHave.com, September 13, 2010

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Sanjeev Dheer, India

Definition:

an adult who behaves like a child

Example:

"But alpha male has been superceded by omega male, the under-achieving, low-testosterone kidult who lounges at the other end of the blokey spectrum, playing computer games and watching Lost." - Kevin Courtney, Irish Times, July 30, 2011

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Yuri Stoma, Russia

Definition:

having a compulsion to tan

Example:

"The cast of 'Jersey Shore' has arrived. Everyone's favorite tanorexic reality stars claimed they had made it after appearing in cartoon form on 'South Park' Wednesday." - Soraya Roberts, New York Daily News, October 14, 2010

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Larry Schlekewy, Jr., PA

Definition:

a long skate board

Example:

"A man riding a longboard has hilariously demonstrated how not to dismount while speeding down a road in Portugual." - NineMSN.com, July 22, 2011

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Vicg12, NY

Coffice

Definition:

a café that a customer uses as a place in which to conduct business

Example:

"Acceptable 'coffice' etiquette states that something must be ordered during your stay." - post on GetItBusinessServices.com, April 21, 2011

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