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5 February, 2009

some new words


Macquarie Dictionary has added some new words, not the words like petrichor, bayard, hansardize and imprecation (those words are not new.)

A selections of interesting new words are: flashpacker, textaholic, bromance, toxic debt... for example.

Here are the definitions:
flashpacker: noun Colloquial a backpacker who travels in relative luxury.
[flash(y) + (back)packer]
(Don should know this word well.)

textaholic: noun Colloquial someone who sends an excessive of text messages.

nomophobia: noun a state of anxiety brought on by not having mobile phone contact, as from a low battery, no network coverage.

bromance: noun Colloquial a non-sexual but intense friendship between two males. (Think Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.)

toad buster: noun Colloquial a person engaged in the eradication of the cane toad.

and the word of the year, actually two words:
toxic debt: noun debt which, although initially acquired as a legitimate business transaction, proves subsequently to be financially worthless, as the subprime loans which precipitated the GFC.

sources: Sunrise (4 Feb 2009), Seven News (4 Feb 2009)

(to Don: actually he knows what I am going to say, Antony does not speak English.)

related blog entry:
bayard, hansardize, imprecation, petrichor (21 October, 2008)

Posted by Antony on 5 February 2009 2:23 PM |

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I just bought a copy of the Macquarie Dictionary, 2006, reprint 2008 for $A5 marked down from $A32-99.
Even for $A5 it's crap, and doesn't even have Petrichor, or any of the others you mentioned.
I think DON and DAVE should get a Geek Dictionary going.
Now THAT would make interesting reading!!!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 5 February 2009 7:20 PM.
You did not buy 2009 version?!? I have a feeling that they use e-dictionary and e-thesaurus.
Posted by Antony Shen on 5 February 2009 7:26 PM.
Sorry, never heard any of those before. I guess I don't speak English.
Rev. Dr., we wouldn't need to write a Geek Dictionary. That's what the Jargon File is for, and to a lesser extent The Tao of Programming.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 5 February 2009 10:27 PM.
Moi, buy the 2009 edition?
Not likely, I only up-dated my 1989 paperback copy of the Websters Dictionary!
Posted by Rev. Dr. Wu Yi on 6 February 2009 10:31 AM.
You took 20 years to update your 1989 edition dictionary in 2009, but only to 2006 edition? Our open-source extremist friends who have a tendency of getting the latest patches/updates of whatsoever would not like that.
Posted by Antony Shen on 6 February 2009 11:15 AM.
"Our open-source extremist friends..." I don't have any or know any?
Posted by on 6 February 2009 3:55 PM.
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