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I Was Late For My Mandate ‘Cause I Couldn’t Find My Guyliner

Topics: Lifestyle & Culture | 2 CommentsBy admin | October 21, 2009

Exploring modern bromance may lead to bro jobs.

Reading this guy’s rant against the pervasiveness of portmanteaus reminded how much I love them. Although I lean a little toward the prescriptivist side of the old prescriptivist vs descriptivist debate, new times clearly call for new words, and slang is often the only way to really say what you mean. I love books like Opus Maledictorum and Forbidden American English (where else would a foreigner learn what a “bugfucker” is?) and although Urban Dictionary both suffers and benefits from its user-generated format, it’s still a treasure trove. I’d love to create a slang dictionary of my own if I had the time. Some people apparently do have time; I ran across this excellent list, but it suffers from what I’d consider some weak definitions. So I’ve selected a few below. Got any gems of your own?

Affluenza: The various character flaws one may have by being born into wealth.
Anticipointment: The inevitable letdown after having high expectations.
Backronym: A contrived acronym.
Bromance: When two heterosexual guys are so close they seem like a couple.
Brohawk: A black punk rocker’s hairstyle.
Buyological Urge: A genetic predisposition to shop.
Funemployment: Finding ways to enjoy being unemployed.
Crashionista, Recessionista: A person who is able to remain stylish during times of economic hardship.
Manscaping: A mans grooming of his body hair.
Guyliner: Eyeliner for guys.
Destitude: An apparent poverty-stricken destiny
Swipeout : The moment your debit card is swiped at a till and you find you’ve run out of cash.
Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
Glibido : All talk and no action.
Dopeler effect : The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

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  1. Posted by Kimberly Demyanovich on 10.21.09 11:03 am

    I laughed right out loud with that last one.

  2. Posted by kristin on 10.30.09 2:52 pm

    very nice new words. stole some of mine :)