Wednesday Words: Gangnam Style, Geek Speak and More

NewsFeed's weekly highlight of our vocabulary includes useful, new and surprising words (as well as some that are just fun to say)

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David McGlynn

fanthropomorphize (v.): to confuse celebrity behavior with that of ordinary humans. This one comes from the New York Times‘ Lizzie Skurnick, who proposed it as a word-we-should-be-using. Examples might include: believing that starlets know that $500 shoes are expensive or assuming red-carpet poses wouldn’t look ridiculous if celebrities made the same faces at, say, a family picnic.

Gangnam style (n.): a manner associated with lavish lifestyles in Seoul’s Gangnam district. This definition is adapted from an Urban Dictionary entry–an increasingly popular entry since South Korean rapper PSY released a cheeky music video celebrating “Gangnam style.” In it, he does a signature “horse-riding dance,” which has made “K-pop”–Korean pop music–the toast of trend-watchers. This week Britney Spears even got in on the equine action … which was as weird as it sounds, and a great deal more charming.

(WATCH: PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Is the Best Invisible Horse-Riding Video You’ll See All Week)

blootered (adj.): describing one who has drunk intoxicating liquor to an extent which affects steady self-control. This is one of many fun-to-say words that Collins online dictionary has given the stamp of approval. Also great is “bunbury” (v.), meaning “to create a fictitious scenario that provides an excuse for avoiding unwanted engagements.” You know, like that time you made up an elaborate story about NASA and a rogue pack of golden retrievers to get out of coffee with your ex.

sequester (n.): in government, an automatic form of spending cut enacted to resolve a gap between budget goals and appropriations. Sequester is short for sequestration, which was Plan B in the debt-ceiling deal reached by Congress last year. Essentially, if a bipartisan committee couldn’t agree where $1.2 trillion should be cut, across-the-board cuts would be made — and those are now set to kick in early next year. Romney has been singing an anti-sequester tune.

fiberhood (n.): a neighborhood that has Internet access via fiber-optic cable. This is geek speak picked up by neologism site Word Spy. Just take a moment to imagine what gangs would be like in a fiberhood–with those unruly “Deskjets” rumbling in the streets and what not. Pretty scary stuff.

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which was as weird as it sounds ?? kk

It matches you PSY Cause you know how to play.

Show them Korean power and who you are.

You are a real cool dude.



Thanks, Katy. Maybe we can redefine “fiberhood” as “a neighborhood where everyone who lives there eats fiber every day.” Of course, another neighborhood term is “bedroom community,” which can be redefined as “a boring neighborhood or suburb where the bedroom is the only place you find any action.” Ergo, directly related to “fiberhood” is “bathroom community,” which needs no further definition.