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The Oxford Dictionary of New Words by Elizabeth Knowles, Julia Elliott

By Elizabeth Knowles, Julia Elliott

New phrases are the footprints of time. To recite a number of the words that experience develop into renowned within the 1990s--Generation X, Prozac, highway rage, shock-jock, voice mail--is to fast-forward via our contemporary background. Now, within the moment version of The Oxford Dictionary of recent phrases, readers can get pleasure from a smorgasbord of recent phrases and words which have been coined--or popularized--in the final ten years.

Here are 1000s of fascinating, informative articles that supply the pronunciations, definitions, pattern sentences, origins, and casual histories of over 2,500 new phrases and words. The editors have drawn phrases from politics, the environmental move, expertise, enterprise, activities, and leisure; politically charged phrases reminiscent of tree-hugger, feminazi, and lipstick lesbian, and well known expressions resembling ''the ___ from hell'' (waiter from hell, dentist from hell) and ''been there, performed that.'' Two-thirds of the articles are new to this version, and the others--on still-prominent phrases incorporated within the first edition--have been both revised or newly written. this helpful and interesting source is the 1st position to show for info while confronted with new phrases and words, and should be a gold mine of language for note fans in every single place.

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Etymology: Formed by compounding: someone whose head is full of air; perhaps influenced by the earlier form bubblehead (which goes back to the fifties). History and Usage: Airhead has been a favourite American and Canadian term of abuse since the beginning of the eighties, used especially for the unintelligent but attractive type of woman that the British call a bimbo. At first airhead was associated with teenage Valspeak, but it soon spread into more general use among all age-groups. Although very common in US English by the mid eighties, airhead did not start to catch on in the UK or Australia until the end of the decade.

History and Usage: Although used in ethnographical and linguistic works since at least the last century, Azeri was not a word that the average reader of English newspapers would have recognized until the late eighties. Then ethnic unrest on the border between the Armenian and Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republics was widely reported in the newspapers. Since the trouble was partly caused by the fact that large numbers of ethnic Armenians lived within the borders of the Azerbaijan SSR and Azeris in the Armenian SSR, it was necessary for journalists to make the distinction between the inhabitant of Azerbaijan (an Azerbaijani) and the Azeri.

US Banker Mar. 1986, p. offers not only a variety of funds but an asset management account that would give you a monthly record of all transactions, including reinvestment of dividends. Christian Science Monitor 20 Feb. 1987, section B, p. 2 A more relevant description of Hanson's strategy would be asset-mining rather than asset-stripping; that is, the development of undervalued assets for hidden value. National Westminster Bank Quarterly Review May 1987, p. from visiting a foundry in Derby that had been taken over by asset-strippers.

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