American Vocabulary Update
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 96 15:30:19 -0800
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: American Vocabulary Update
Forwarded-by: Lani Herrmann <email@example.com>
From: Lisa Ratmansky
A list of new words and phrases
noted by the American Dialect Society:
Middle-class people worried about economic security.
Phony grassroots movement created by special-interest advertising.
Large chain store specializing in one kind of merchandise.
Vacant city lot.
Shortened hospital stay after childbirth.
As a verb, to exhibit racial prejudice.
A gay person's ability to spot other gays.
Post-post baby boomers.
Home meal replacement
Joe six chip
Ordinary Joe with computer.
As a verb, to batter a spouse.
Highly educated, upper-income class.
Partners with conflicting HIV status.
Sending junk e-mail.
Spinning (also RPM)
Riding stationary bicycle while listening to music.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
Lying under oath.
Singular gender-neutral pronoun.
Taking a joyride in a stolen car and locking the owner in the trunk.
Computer chip that screens out TV violence.
Bibliography of material on the Internet.
© 1996 Peter Langston