It's taken longer than I hoped to get this one ready, but here's the latest list of new words.
Some of these came from Halting State
by Charles Stross, which I recommend to anyone interested in geeky near-future science fiction. For this one, I had to use Urban Dictionary as much or more than my regular dictionaries, because the author used a lot of UK slang. I avoided putting a lot of these on the new words list, since I'm not very likely to use them, but I did include some of the most choice.
A smaller set of words came from I Am a Strange Loop
by Douglas Hofstadter, which I can't recommend highly enough to anyone with an interest in cognitive science or personal identity. I plan to do an entire post about this one sometime soon.
Now for the words:
-meaningless nonsense with the outward appearance of being impressive and legitimate
- to challenge or question the validity of a statement
- to cite or allege, to advance evidence for
- the ability to sense the position and movement of one's limbs
- a secret or unofficial decision maker, "the power behind the throne"
- the part of a house reserved for women, in some Asian countries such as India and Pakistan
- one of a kind, or in a class of one's own
- an idiot or a foolish person (this is one of the Scottish words, but it's too good to leave out)
- a substance that softens or soothes the skin
- to make meaningless comments; also a metasyntactic variable (see below)
- a connoisseur of fine food and drink
- a member of the weasel family (a good word for poking fun at someone without them understanding)
- rubbish (another another British-ism, see below)
- a cowardly and despicable person
- genuine, not counterfeit
- of or related to barbers or barbering
- to evade the truth or be deliberately ambiguous
- the wool of the musk ox, great for Scrabble
This week's winner is 'wibble', a new (to me) metasyntactic variable
from across the pond. I've already started to incorporate this into my lexicon of nonsense words for programming. The runner-up is 'pants', which featured in a recent news article
from the BBC. I can't figure out exactly why, but this usage really tickles my funnybone. So, chalk up two wins for the Brits today.