"Hash-plosions", funeral selfies, octothorpes, zero hours contracts and other strange 2014 oddities in a light and fluffy end of a rather heavy year.
Lighten Your Load & Lighten Up This Christmas Time
I'm sure you are dying to escape work but just before you zip off, I have been sniffing, scratching and scrounging about to find some cultural madness to share with you. Hope it raises a smile. (Best to view thru your browser.)
IMAGE: A Burden, 2012, David Shrigley
Beware belfies, stop phubbing, vaping and avoid bloatware and sharents
It's that time of the year when it is time to beef up your vocab. Thank you to Pan Macmillan Dictionary, Time and Huffington Post for these gems to add to your vocab.
belfie: selfie showing off the booty area
bloatware also fatware: software that uses an excessive amount of computing power and therefore wastes memory or disk space that could be used for other purposes.
coatigan: a long knitted jacket with long sleeves which is worn over other clothes and looks similar to a coat.
duffin: a trademarked sweet cake which is a combination of a muffin and a doughnut.
hashtag stuffer: someone who cannot post something without adding ridiculous amounts of hashtags after it.
media meshing: the activity of using hand-held electronic devices (e.g. mobile phones, tablet computers) to make comments or read about a TV programme at the same time as watching it
motherism: a prejudice which leads stay-at-home mothers to be viewed as stupid, lazy and unattractive … He came out this week in defence of the stay-at-home mother, telling a conference that motherism should be tackled in the same vein as racism is.'
phubbing: the activity of being impolite in a social situation by looking at your phone instead of paying attention to the person you are with.
sharent: a parent who regularly uses social media to communicate a lot of detailed information about their child.
sip and see (party): a party given by new parents so that friends and family can see their newborn baby.
vape: to inhale (= breathe into your lungs) the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette.
zero hours contract also zero hour contract: an employment agreement in which a person only works when the employer needs them and so has no regular amount of work or working hours (That's what I do for lots of my clients!)