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If You’re 13 Years Old, Add This Word To Your Vocabulary

Fashion catchphrases come and go. Everyone was obsessed with “fierce” for a while, “fashionista” had its reigning moment, but now Lourdes Ciccone is working hard to add a new term to the world’s vocabulary. She’s been blogging non-stop about the new Material Girls’ Collection for Macy’s, and in between her style stories, It Girl features, and personal pictures, Lola’s introduced a new fashion term to her followers.

“I’m not the designer of the line but my mom and I inspired it and do the styling and the putting together, staying on trend, yadayadayaaaahh. No but for rizzle, it’s a great line and if you guys like it that that is FABNOSITY.”

We’re going to assume that fabnosity is a mix of fabulous and generosity, which would make sense given the context. Despite her genuine attempts to make the term work, this seems like a word that’s limited to the realm of 13-year-old girls who would use it for a week before it dies out again in favor of the latest hot vocab mashup. [NYMag.com] Keep reading »

Words We Want Banished In 2009

Lake Superior State University released its 34th version of their annual List of Words to Be Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness earlier this week. Inspired by interest in the environment, frenzy over politics, and the economic downturn, the 15 entries selected from over 5,000 nominations include:

1. GREEN
“If something is good for the environment, just say so. As Kermit would say, ‘It isn’t easy being green.’” Kevin Sherlock, Hiawatha, Iowa.

2. CARBON FOOTPRINT or CARBON OFFSETTING
“It is now considered fashionable for everyone, tree hugger or lumberjack alike, to pay money to questionable companies to ‘offset’ their own ‘carbon footprint.’ What a scam! Get rid of it immediately!” Ginger Hunt, London, England.

3. MAVERICK
“The constant repetition of this word for months before the US election diluted whatever meaning it previously had. Even the comic offshoot ‘mavericky’ was terribly overused. A minimum five-year banishment of both words is suggested so they will not be available during the next federal election.” Matthew Mattila, Green Bay, Wisc. Keep reading »

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