The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Oxford Urban Dictionary

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

On fleeker, adj.

Pronunciation: /ɒn fliːkə/
Etymology: < fleek adj., apparently an arbitrary formation

1. More ‘on fleek’: better, more attractive, or more stylish (than someone else).
2. Usu. in form On Flickr, contronymous to sense 1: worse, less attractive, or less stylish (than anyone else).

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Speaker’s Corner, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈspiːkəz ˈkɔːnə/
Etymology: < speaker n. + corner n.

The north-east corner of the House of Commons, noted as a place where soap-box orators air their views.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Offender, n.

Pronunciation: /əˈfɛndə/
Etymology: < offend v. + -er suffix

1. Law. A person who breaks the law.
2. (Increasingly merging with sense 1) A person who gives offence.

Sunday, 23rd October 2016

Naked mole rat, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈneɪkɪd məʊl rat/
Etymology: < naked adj. + mole n. + rat n.

1. A blind, almost hairless mole rat of East Africa, Heterocephalus glaber (family Bathyergidae), which lives in underground colonies in which only one pair breeds, most other individuals acting as workers.
2. A sex scene, later edited out, from an early version of The Wind in the Willows. Cf. Naked toad badger, n.

Thursday, 20th October 2016

Big whoop, int. and n.

Pronunciation: /ˌbɪɡ ˈwʊp/
Etymology: < big adj. + whoop n.

1. int. Expressing dismissiveness: ‘So what?’ ‘Who cares?’
2. n. A big utterance of ‘whoo(p)’, contronymous to sense 1, expressing approval in place of applause: ‘Oh my God! I agree!’

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