The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Oxford Urban Dictionary

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

un-GC, adj.

Pronunciation: /ˌʌndʒiːˈsiː/
Etymology: un- prefix + GC n.

Grammatically incorrect; not conforming to the rules of grammar.


Monday, 10 June 2019

Prorogue, v. and adj.

Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈrəʊɡ/
Etymology: < classical Latin prōrogāre to prolong, extend.

1. v. To discontinue the meetings of (a legislative or other assembly) for a period of time or until the next session, without dissolving it.
2. adj. In favour of rogue options or ‘going rogue’.

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.

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.

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