Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Buzz Words of 2012, Part I
flaneur, dérive (a flaneur is someone who wanders round an area observing it and drawing conclusions and probably taking photos – this is called a dérive)
beholden popular first week Jan 12
bifolding doors still popular – for any kind of folding doors (trifolding, quadrifolding, cinquefolding…)
retro has now lost all meaning
long-form everywhere (since December) Apparently we should read more long-form, er, stuff.
piece de resistance popular first weeks of Jan, variously pronounced
cede (to their demands) becoming popular (that's "concede")
fill your boots now used for fill your pockets (why would you put money in boots?)
boutique farm (producing something niche like edible snails, frog’s for frogs’ legs, nettles to turn into yarn, St John’s wort ect)
adventure (Julian Fellowes’ acceptance speech “The whole Downton adventure…”)
People very fond of thus week January 18, 2012
It’s a thing.
oh noes, the internets, laters etc.
venomous popular week of Jan 23 2012
sock puppet (mouthpiece, or yourself under a pseudonym pimping your books on Amazon)
trough popular in context of bankers’ bonuses (troughing, troughers, “only mix with the other trough guzzlers”, “gulps of swill from the trough”, “snouts firmly buried in the greed trough”) January 29, 2012
In truth popular week of Feb 1
as far as X is concerned popular Feb 2012
cede still popular
Never a dull! Good enough to go before the general, etc. See words fail, I’m losing the will
Can I add 'iconic', 'landmark', 'lurve', 'for the minute' instead of 'for a moment' and acronyms like TOWIE. Steerforth
Is that even legal/true/possible? What does that even mean?
posturing popular February
simply popular early March
bindle (Australian for hobo bundle - but what do they look like?)
not-a-feminists are back (“I’m not a feminist but this is unjust and women should have equal rights.”)
rocky road (used to be biscuit cake)
et al. popular early March
bod for person has made a comeback early March
and so has rumbustious
rein in/back popular early March (try “restrain”)
I’m not a fan of for I don’t like
lift Guardian talks re “lifting of personal allowances” rather than raising, week of the budget, March 2012
preloading getting drunk on cheap booze before you go out
the Twitter, the Facebook, the Internets, the ebay, the bbc iplayer (in parody of tech refuseniks). And even “the Church Street”, “the Channel 4”, “the Spain”. And “the Jesus”!
rammed for packed
a cradle is now a connector for an electronic device (iphone ect)
ownership “University ownership of the exams must be real and committed, not a tick-box exercise.” Michael Gove April 3, 2012
odd that a time bomb is now a ticking time bomb when surely bombs haven’t used clockwork for years
steel-cut oatmeal (used to be pinhead oatmeal – and what else would you cut it with? Flint?)
crock pot (was casserole or casserole dish)
vitrine has taken over from display case, glass case ect
blates (blatantly – Twitter)
scarf print (fabric printed with the kind of pattern you might find on a scarf – think 80s uniform blouse. You can get a scarf print bralet on Amazon.)
the New Aesthetic “Some architects can look at a building and tell you which version of Autodesk was used to create it. The world is defined by our visualisations of it. (Someone who makes such things told me: what they put in, even as place-holders, always ends up getting built.)” booktwo.org April 13, 2012 Artifact of computer use, also rebellion against hipster retro, fogeyish, distressed industrial aesthetic. Which is an attempt to save old stuff from being obliterated by the New Aesthetic - which nearly always has money and power behind it.
non-nerds have discovered the word troll, and are using it to mean anybody who does nasty things on the Web
scobleize: To act in a egotistical, longwinded and self centered manner; to fill the air with loads of blustery obfuscation… Urban Dictionary
garb is popular week of 16 April
hopey, changey, bibley continued When needing to write, switching all your internet-y connective-y programmes on at once is not going to help. @entschwindet / food at Restaurant Tristan is a bit cheffy and weddingy says Zoe Williams in the DT April 2012 “Let's begin our afternoon of podcasty video gamey love…” Twitter May 15, 2012
early-bird tickets, tiered tickets
ugly for nasty, unpleasant (it would send an ugly message) Ghastly Americanism.
back in popular week of May 1 (especially “back in 2011”)
bolthole now means second home
little one is Stoke Newington speak for kid
NQR (not quite right - or is this just Australian?)
records are not broken any more, they’re smashed
smug for left wing (Mark Steele on QT is not wrong, he’s smug; that girl who rejected Magdalen is smug etc
guardianista = socialist (no longer has much to do with the newspaper)
internet diet (move AFK)
massive is having a moment week of May 7
More sunshine that will lift those temperatures. Alex Deakin May 9, 2012
drubbing now means you’ve done badly in the polls
builders are now called tradesmen
reshoring = bringing manufacturing home
reignite for revive popular early 2012, especially week May 14
lot of people nurturing feelings, fears etc instead of just having them
salad dodgers week of June 1
so, so, so Once the Thames was a forest of masts, and it will be so again tomorrow – headline in Guardian 2 June 2012. “It will be again tomorrow” is enough, the "so" is unnecessary.
2012 Part IV here
2012 Part III here
2012 Part II here
2012 Part I here
Buzz words of 2011 Part II here.
Buzz Words of 2011 here and here.
Complete Buzz Words of 2010 here.
Buzz Words of 2009 here.
Buzz Words of 2009 Part Two here.
Buzz Words of 2006 here.
Buzz Words of 2002 here.
More here (90s, 2000, 2001).
Buzz Words of 2004/5 here.