Good Reading : May 2015
GOOD READING MAY 2015 15 Words that received an honourable mention include the following: binge watching noun the practice of viewing a favourite television ser ies, seeing many episodes in one extended sitting. lifehacking noun the application of strategies or shortcuts used to simplify or improve any aspect of one’s life. pantser noun a fiction wr iter who does not work to a plot or outline but improvises (opposed to the plotter, who works out the structure in advance). [from the phrase fly by the seat of ones pants] job stopper noun Colloquial a tattoo on a part of the body which is visible when one is wearing work attire, as the hands, face, neck or forearms. [from the notion that employers will hesitate to give an applicant a job if they see his or her tattoos] wikiwash verb (t) 1. to edit (an article on Wikipedia) to suit one’s particular purposes, as for self-promotion or advocacy. generation XL noun Colloquial (humorous) a generation with a large proportion of obese people, a condition thought to be a consequence of their sedentary lifestyle, and, in particular, of the increased amount of time they spend on digital devices. war mist noun (derogatory) a person who accepts as a fact that global warming is occurring and that it is anthropogenic (opposed to coolist, a climate change sceptic). Also, global warmist. precariat noun a social class comprising people whose lives lack security and predictability, particularly in relation to jobs, income and mater ial wellbeing. WORDS Attention word nerds! Macquarie Dictionary has announced the year’s most outstanding word – plus a few honourable mentions. For the last nine years, Macquarie Dictionary has, at the start of each year, nominated a word that captures the zeitgeist of the last 12 months. Winning words from previous years have included ‘muffin top’ (which was the inaugural Word of the Year in 2006) ‘pod slurping’, ‘googleganger’ and ‘burqini’. ‘Word of the Year’ is, however, a slight misnomer because the word lovers at Macquar ie Dictionary actually announce two words: one is the Committee’s Choice, and the other is the People’s Choice. This year the Committee’s Choice was ‘mansplain’, which means ‘to explain (something) to a woman, in a way that is patronising because it assumes that a woman will be ignorant of the subject matter’. And the People’s Choice Word of the Year for 2014 was ‘share plate’, which is ‘a serving in a restaurant designed as multiple small portions so that several diners can share the same dish’.