Get with the lingo: 19 craziest words of 2012
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Defining Moments1 of 20
By Brithny Zhang & Shannan Rouss
Calling all wordsmiths and pop culture fiends. After surveying the newest additions to esteemed dictionaries, along with the latest in social media slang and lifestyle trends, Glo rounded up the 19 must-know words of 2012. Stop worrying about your floordrobe, take off your shooties, sit back and prepare for an amazeballs experience that's anything but meh.
/uh-mayz-bahlz/2 of 20
a newfangled way to say amazing; usually used ironically
OMG, the chocolate fountain at that party last night was amazeballs.
/bey-bee-lag/3 of 20
the constant state of exhaustion and near delirium experienced by new parents
We haven't seen Alice since she gave birth. Blame it on baby-lag.
/boif/4 of 20
a boyfriend; popular in the 1990s but only officially recognized by Oxford English Dictionaries in 2012
This is our fifth date, which means he might be my boyf.
/brain-kramp/5 of 20
a temporary state of mental confusion and/or pain; usually used by students and writers
This 30-pager on neurotransmitters is giving me the biggest brain cramp ever.
/furst wurld prob-luhm/6 of 20
trivial annoyances that are exclusively the domain of the privileged; a popular Twitter hashtag since 2009
She's going to spend six weeks on Maui, but all the bungalows at the hotel were booked, so she had to take a suite. Total #FirstWorldProblem.
/flore-jrohb/7 of 20
a storage solution for clothing that requires no drawers, hangers or effort; to create, simply drop clothing on the floor
I so need to clean my room—it has become a total floordrobe.
/frank-in-stawrm/8 of 20
used by news media to describe the convergence of multiple weather systems resulting in one massive storm; associated with Hurricane Sandy
With global warming, there could be more Frankenstorms in our future.
/glamping/9 of 20
like camping, but way fancier, usually involving lavish vintage-inspired trailers and mahogany-trimmed canvas tents
I won't go glamping without my wine and cheese, Egyptian cotton sheets, goose-down duvet and a hand-tufted rug.
/gahy-lahy-ner/10 of 20
like eyeliner, but for dudes
Can somebody please explain to me why Jared Leto feels the need to wear guyliner?
/han-gree/11 of 20
a portmanteau of hungry and angry; so in need of sustenance you begin to feel intense outrage
WHERE IS THAT PIZZA WE ORDERED AN HOUR AGO… I AM SO HANGRY!!!!!
/man-caiv/12 of 20
an area of a dwelling reserved for males; usually includes a La-Z-Boy recliner, a beer fridge, 70-inch flat screen, and a cabinet overflowing with video games; sometimes called a mantuary or manspace
Where's Doug? Oh, right, in his man cave, as always.
/meh/13 of 20
used to express apathy, indifference, or boredom
Have you met Suzy’s new boyfriend? Very meh.
/mom-ee porn/14 of 20
sexually explicit literature, also called erotica, that tends to appeal to women
50 Shades of Grey is the ultimate mommy porn.
/no-mo-foh-bee-uh/15 of 20
the overwhelming fear associated with not having one's cellular or mobile phone
If you can't go a night without your phone, you might have a serious case of nomophobia.
/mwa-ha-ha-ha/16 of 20
used to represent sinister laughter as inspired by dime-store villains
You haven't seen the last of me… mwahahaha!
/pangk/17 of 20
an acronym for "professional aunt no kids"; used by marketing experts to identify a new demographic of women
My sister just had a baby. Guess that makes me a PANK.
/fo-to-bahm/18 of 20
to appear in a photo where you don't belong, whether intentionally or not (but usually intentionally)
Is that thumb man in your picture? He totally photobombed you.
/schway-stid/19 of 20
the ultimate stage in drunkenness; typically one gets buzzed, then drunk, then hammered, then wasted, then schwasted
I got schwasted last night, brah. Be glad I’m alive.
/shoo-tee/20 of 20
a shoe-bootie hybrid that stops at the ankle and resembles something that might have been worn by a 19th-century courtesan
At the spring runway shows, it was all about the shootie.
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