Thursday, 1 March 2012
Buzzwords of 2002 and 2003
It seems sooooo long ago.... boot-knocking? swing by? grey goo?
celebrate (diversity etc)
In France, insecurité is fuzzword for crime
deepen for strengthen, intensify, exacerbate etc
shard “Three interlocking shards of aluminium are designed to represent the ravages of conflict on land, in the air and on water...” Guardian July 3, 2002 re Daniel Libeskind’s Imperial War Museum in Manchester. "Asenbryl hand dyes plastic tubing in rich colours, before slicing them [surely it?] into individual shards and threading them together." Press Release from Yorkshire Sculpture Park
muppet meaning idiot
thinking outside the box (August)
“Shroud-waving was a proud tradition during the 1992-1997 Major government, a time which to most MPs seems as distant as the pre-Devonian period.” Simon Hoggart
ragtag (for armies without uniforms eg the Afghans)
the skinny for “the knowledge” (Front page of Guardian Guide Nov. 16, gone 2012)
bada bing! (There’s even a café called this in Clerkenwell. And now nobody says it any more 2006, or in 2012.)
How dull/silly etc. is that? (Been around for some time.)
wrenching for agonising
present but absent (like it)
swing by (October) (gone out 2004)
culture ("our" compensation culture, customer care culture, canteen culture, victim culture, entitlement culture - still flourishing)
best practice (around for a couple of years)
going north/south (for going kablooie)
global now means international
hinterland (Evening Standard Dec 2 02 CoE is “moral hinterland” of the nation. Something like “moral foundation”?)
is not an option
tank for crash, take a dive etc
Mad as a bicycle/brush/goose/snake/fish/bell/pink balloon/box of frogs/bag of spiders/cut snake/hornet/bucket of toads
You say that as if it was a bad thing!
witches’ knickers - plastic bags stuck in trees (Guardian 2/12/03) (or witches’ britches)
of the street New Archbishop says we mustn’t adopt the morals of the street, Bruno Schwartz spoke Russian/Polish not “the Yiddish of the streets”
street for "the word on the street"
boot-knocking is the new bonking (Obs March 2) From States, just hit here. (WordSpy's Paul McFedries writes: This phrase originated (or, at least, was popularized) in hip-hop/rap circles as "knocking the boots" or "knocking boots." Rapper Candyman used the latter phrase as a euphemism for sex throughout his 1990 LP Ain't No Shame in My Game.)
the lollipop look - losing so much weight that you look like a lollipop, ie your head looks too big for your body (people who do this are Lollipop Ladies 2005)
big tent (Bruce Springsteen and IDS, March 03 “Your big tent cannot be big enough to include Ms Short and Donald Rumsfeld.”)
chops for skill/talents
embedded (journalists in Iraq) (March)
embeds (embedded journalists)
spoils (archaism revived for war coverage on TV)
toy boy became boy toy (gone now 2012)
grey goo (May - some scientific process threatened to turn the whole world into grey goo and Prince Charles was quite worried about it)
hurting for damaging (hurting the investment rating)
hurting for suffering (She’s still hurting)
minority (for member of a minority ethnic group) (US)
torpedo for destroy
multipolar (world) (Jacques Chirac) The French very keen on “poles”. But surely you can only have two poles, a north and a south? (Means "world no longer ruled by only two great powers".)
pumped (up) for chuffed, bucked, gung-ho etc
pump for asthma inhaler
sleb (celeb) Guardian June 18, 2003
event TV/films (you watch TV to have something to talk about)
bod is back (July) but only when referring to Demi Moore’s new one, which cost (insert enormously high figure here).
mired to mean stuck (still everywhere 2012)
target now means aim
slice and dice
amuse bouche for amuse gueule (maybe nobody can spell or pronounce “gueule”) (and what happened to “bonne bouche”?)
sclerotic for hidebound
modern (has been rehabilitated and is the modern word to use when you want to say “modern”)
No one can mention tweed without saying Miss Marple.
Deal with it/get used to it/get over it
Not a good look (Needy is not a good look – and this is not a new idea. It used to be “Desperation is not attractive.”)
hobble (for hamper. Suppose people have been told not to say “cripple”.)
greenwash (cosmetic attempts by firms to appear environmentally sensitive)
get a wriggle on (over already 2004)
bling-bling (became bling)
it’s not rocket science (has replaced "It’s not brain surgery".)
joined at the hip
More here (90s, 2000, 2001).
Buzz Words of 2011 here and here.
Complete Buzz Words of 2010 here.
Buzz Words of 2009 here.
Buzz Words of 2009 Part Two here.