The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Oxford Urban Dictionary

Saturday, 7th July 2018

Millennial, n.

Pronunciation: /mɪˈlɛnɪəl/
Etymology: < post-classical Latin millennium n. + -al suffix.

1. orig. U.S. A person reaching young adulthood around the year 2000.
2. Also in extended use: a young idiot.

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Sunday, 3rd June 2018

Absolutism, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈabsəljuːtɪz(ə)m/
Etymology: < absolute adj. + -ism suffix

1. The practice of absolute government; absolute authority, despotism.
2. The belief among interviewees on the Today programme that ‘absolutely’ is a superior way of saying ‘yes’.

Saturday, 17th March 2018

Minority, n.

Pronunciation: /mʌɪˈnɒrᵻti/
Etymology: < Middle French minorité

1. A small group of people differing from the rest of the community in ethnic origin, religion, language, etc.
2. Now more generally: Contronymous to sense 1, any identifiable subgroup perceived as suffering from discrimination or from relative lack of status or power; the majority.

Saturday, 3rd February 2018

Woke, adj.

Pronunciation: /wəʊk/
Etymology: < woke, past participle of wake v.

1. Originally: well-informed
2. Now chiefly: Contronymous to sense 1, over-attentive to racial or social discrimination and injustice.

Friday, 12th January 2018

E-pistle, n.

Pronunciation: / iːˈpɪs(ə)l/
Etymology: < epistle n., punningly after email n.

An electronic communication made to an absent person in writing; an email. Chiefly applied to emails which rank as literary productions, or to those of a public character, or addressed to a body of persons. In application to ordinary emails used only rhetorically or with playful or sarcastic implication.

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