Mall retailer Express was really cutting edge in ’90s, so much so that it created a special “slang” guide for its employees, (presumably) so they could fluently converse with any and all manner of customer. But given that this manual was created in the late ’90s, during the era of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ and party rap, there are a lot of ridiculous entries in this list.
Of course, a lot of these terms are still in use — and are actually in the dictionary. Still, it’s funny to see corporate culture try and adapt to the streets. Some definitions, after the jump! Keep reading »
Sometimes there are no words for the way you are feeling, and you just have to come up with one instead. Usually, the Germans are my go-to people for words to describe things you can’t really describe in English, because hello, they’ve got awesome terms like zeitgeist and gestalt and kindergarten (okay, maybe not that last one so much). So allow us to introduce you to a word I just made up: Sexenschadenfreude. It pertains to the particular kind of schadenfreude you feel when discovering that someone you don’t like is sleeping with someone who is kind of gross.
Origin: Sex + Schadenfreude, which is when you revel in the pain and suffering of others (oh, come on, sometimes it happens).
Example: “God, ever since Stacy and I got in that fight, I’ve been having a major bout of sexenschadenfreude over her and her crappy boyfriend Steve. I bet he has the tiniest penis ever.”
Have you ever felt Sexenschadenfreude?
Thanks in part to the ubiquitousness of computers, kids no longer know how to write in cursive — and soon they will also probably stop using actual books. The Oxford English Dictionary announced this week that it will no longer be publishing a print edition and will only be available online. Keep reading »
As the hours of 2009 slip away, end-of-year lists are clogging up the internet, and everyone’s become nostalgic about the end of another decade. The year has seen some crazy trends, especially the obsession with leggings in all forms. Though we’ve poked fun at mashing two words together to create a new term for crazy clothes, it seems the good people at the Oxford English Dictionary aren’t joking around. Where once the term jeggings was a quick and easy slang term for skin tight jeans, it’s now totally official. With the new year, comes a new dictionary, and along with “Tweetup,” “unfriend,” and “zombie banking,” going forward, “jeggings” will be considered an official dictionary word. What out-there words will 2010 bring? [Guardian] Keep reading »