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    English used by teenagers. It is a blend of the words 'teenage' and 'English' and refers especially to words not used in standard English or words used with different meanings from standard English.

    Teenagers will no doubt be cringeing at this, but a dictionary of 'teenglish' has been published to help parents better understand what their youngsters are talking about.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/11/2009
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patio diplomacy

high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

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