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flat design

(technology) a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect (e.g. drop shadows) and uses simple styles (e.g. simple typography)
Whatever your personal take is on flat design, it's still the hottest style right now.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/04/2014 11:03:00


part of a conversation you overhear on a mobile phone. A blend of the words 'half' and 'dialogue'
Overhearing someone on a cell phone means hearing only half of a conversation—a “halfalogue.”
Submitted from United Kingdom on 17/04/2014 10:59:00

peak beard

the point at which wearing a beard stops being fashionable
"Peak beard" was the climax of the trend for beards in professions not naturally associated with a bristly chin - bankers, film stars, and even footballers began sporting facial hair.
Submitted by: Saskia from United Kingdom on 16/04/2014 13:11:00

third gender

(also third sex)
people who are considered by society or by themselves neither male or female
Members of the third gender have played a prominent role in Indian culture and were once treated with great respect.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/04/2014 12:30:00


a person who plays cricket
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/04/2014 09:56:00

pull a sickie

(very informal) to take a day off work saying that you are ill when, in fact, you are not
Most people are tempted to pull a sickie when they want a day off without using up their precious annual leave.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 14/04/2014 16:00:00

card clash

a situation when you keep more than one contactless card in your purse or wallet and you get charged twice or get a red light when you try to use one of the cards
To avoid card clash don't touch your entire purse or wallet on the readers if it contains more than one card.
Submitted by: Saskia from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 12:44:00


self organised learning environment: a system in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the Internet
This document is designed to support the implementation of Sugata Mitra's SOLE into multiple school contexts.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 12:22:00


(also VHNWI or UHNWI)
High-Net-Worth Individual: a very rich person (ie one with assets of more than $1m); also Very and Ultra High-Net-Worth Individual (with more than $5m and more than $50m)
By last year, the world was home to 13 million HNWIs.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/04/2014 09:29:00


a place involved in mass production to maximize profit at the expense of quality or other ethical considerations
We don't want to get a dog from a puppy farm as the animals are often treated badly.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 10/04/2014 15:48:00

silver splitter

someone who divorces or separates from his/her partner in late middle age
The consequences of the silver splitters also has an impact on the family support system.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 08/04/2014 09:50:00

take the foot falcon

(Australian English) to walk instead of using a car
The car was broken down so we took the foot falcon home.
Submitted by: tony jackson from Australia on 07/04/2014 03:34:00


the practice of MPs (=Members of Parliament) or other legislators of moving to sit near a colleague who is making a statement under pressure in order show support
When television cameras were first allowed into the Commons in 1989, viewers were warned about "doughnutting".
the activity of sliding down a snowy slope on a large rubber ring
Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014 19:17:00

spin room

a place where journalists can talk to debate participants or the people who support them after a political debate
Chris Mason reports from the press spin room following the Clegg-Farage debate.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 06/04/2014 14:31:00


causing obesity (=a condition in which someone is too fat in a way that is dangerous for their health). Usually refers to a type of food or drink that results in obesity if consumed frequently or to excess.
Fast foods such as hamburgers, fish and chips, and sugary drinks can be obesive if taken regularly or in large quantities.
Submitted by: Peter Simcock from New Zealand on 05/04/2014 07:21:00

silver split

divorce or separation between couples in late middle age
The grown-up children of parents who have been together for 30, 40 or more years can also have their worlds turned inside out by what is known as a silver split.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 04/04/2014 12:34:00


original poster: used in online comments to refer to the person who posted the original question or comment
The OP needs to stand back from the situation and get some perspective.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 17:32:00

conscious uncoupling

a process where a couple aim to value their former relationship and remain on amicable terms while separating and/or divorcing
Conscious uncoupling brings wholeness to the spirits of both people who choose to recognize each other as their teacher.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 15:50:00

Internet of Things

(also IoT)
a network in which real world objects and living creatures have unique identifiers, enabling them to send and read data automatically
Reports claim the Internet of Things will boost the global economy by trillions of dollars.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 14:41:00


an informal way of saying 'whatever'
She was like, 'Your room is a tip.' and I'm like, 'whateves'.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 03/04/2014 08:54:00