Jan 13 2014

Rozzers

n., British slang term for the police. If you watch Top Gear U.K., you have likely heard James May use this term several times, as in ‘The rozzers are behind me.’

“From ‘Robert’, after Sir Robert Peel (1788–1850), commonly considered the father of modern policing, and who established the Metropolitan Police Force in London (1829). More commonly used in comedy TV and Film.”

Definition taken from this surprisingly thorough list of Wikipedia’s List of Police Related Slang Terms.

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Dec 22 2013

Profound

I had never heard this word used as a verb until recently. I was in a small group discussing Facebook. Most of us mentioned that we tended to read posts from people who posted very little. One woman, whom I admire, said she skips posts where the same user is just reposting all of the stuff they had been surfing.

“I’m not going to take the time to read 12 things you’re gonna profound my day with.”

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Nov 1 2013

Bausünde

A German word describing an architectural eyesore (literally: “construction sin”). Or, in my opinion, all skyscrapers in any style other than Art Deco.

via Better Than English, which has lots of other neat words from other languages.

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Oct 28 2013

Humblebrag

n., “a statement in which you pretend to be modest but which you are really using as a way of telling people about your success or achievements.”

The word was recently added to the dictionary. Tim Challies, where I first heard the word, has an excellent tutorial on how to humblebrag effectively.

 

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Sep 30 2013

hebetude

n., the state of being dull or lethargic.

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Aug 13 2013

yegg

n.; a burglar or safecracker

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Jul 12 2013

Smishing

a contraction / portmanteau of ‘SMS phishing.’

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Apr 12 2013

Chreaster

n., one who attends church only on Christmas and Easter, or adj., ‘Chreaster dad,’ via Wes Molebash‘s Insert [IMG].

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Apr 10 2013

Bonnet Ripper

n., a romantic novel set in Amish country. The phrase is a play on the term ‘bodice ripper,’ which refers to a typical romance novel. Unlike most romance novels, known for their sexual content, bonnet rippers are entirely chaste–though they may contain as much as a kiss or two.

Credit for coining the term goes to the L.A. Review of Books. via Tim Challies, who has drafted an amazing Ultimate Christian Novel.

 

 

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Feb 2 2013

Lanugo

N., la-NOO-go. Lanugo is fine, downy hair, seen on babies, and also on anorexics.

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