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airpocalypse

noun
an extreme smog event, especially the one that affected China in 2013
China’s ‘airpocalypse’ a product of climate change, not just pollution, researchers say.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/03/2017

misphonia

noun
a condition where people react badly to particular sounds, often with feelings of rage, terror, panic etc.
In people who have misophonia, the response to the trigger sound is a strange and extreme combination of rage, terror, fear, panic and anger.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/03/2017

slut drop

noun
a dance move in which the dancer squats as low as possible before coming back up as quickly as possible
The slut drop is normally seen in nightclubs across Britain.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/03/2017

sessile

adjectivebiology
fixed in one place; immobile.
Corals are sessile creatures.
Submitted by: NH from United States on 15/03/2017

sickout

noun
sick leave taken by a group of workers as a kind of workers' strike
We should organize a sickout to put pressure on the company.
Submitted by: Omar from Iraq on 15/03/2017

neuroplasticity

noun
the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections, especially in response to learning or experience or following injury
Neuroplasticity offers real hope to everyone from stroke victims to dyslexics.
Submitted by: Hlias Ranwalage from Greece on 15/03/2017

neurofeedback

noun
a form of biofeedback in which subjects respond to a display of their own brainwaves or other electrical activity of the nervous system
I started using neurofeedback for Parkinson's disease, and found that it helped not only in restoration of movement, but also in mental sharpness.
Submitted by: Hlias Ranwalage from Greece on 15/03/2017

slacktivism

noun
actions performed via the internet in support of a cause that require minimal effort, eg signing an online petition or sending a tweet
We're seeing the inevitable backlash against social-media "slacktivism."
Submitted by: Hlias Ranwalage from Greece on 15/03/2017

arnis

noun
a martial art that is the national sport of the Philippines
Submitted by: Hlias Ranwalage from Greece on 15/03/2017

platform capitalism

nounbusiness
a way of doing business that involves recruiting large numbers of people who work for themselves using the company's platform, as used by companies such as Uber, Deliveroo and the like
This transformation signals a major shift in how capitalist firms operate and how they interact with the rest of the economy: the emergence of platform capitalism.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/03/2017

sooner

adverbvery informal
used instead of 'soon enough'
Friday can't come sooner.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/03/2017

drunk text

noun
1
a text message sent while drunk
2
also a verb
I've just been drunk texted by my mum!
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/03/2017

cyber pal

noun
a friend with whom one communicates only through the internet or cyberspace
I often talk with my cyber pal.
Submitted by: Distiller from Austria on 14/03/2017

octofinals

plural noun
the round in a tournament, usually in debate, before the quarterfinals, containing 16 remaining participants
Nick upset his debate opponents to make it to the octofinals.
Submitted by: Alex from United States on 13/03/2017

mermaid hair

noun
hair that is dyed a mix of colours of similar shades, such as turquoise, purple, pale pink, etc.
Mermaid hair has been the dernier cri in the all important hair trends for the past few months.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017

turnaround

nounbusiness
the financial recovery of a company that has been performing badly for a considerable time
A business may determine a turnaround has occurred after changes in the business model bring in profit instead of the previously experienced losses.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017

turnaround consultant

nounbusiness
someone who helps a struggling business improve its performance
After being appointed as turnaround consultants Mr Mills and Mr Bancroft would push the companies to borrow far more money than they needed - money that the pair would then syphon off.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017

wrangler

noun
someone who trains or handles animals; also used humorously
a horse/snake wrangler
A local kitten wrangler is keeping an eye on them for me.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017

air-fry

verb
to cook by circulating hot air around the food, while using less fat
air-fried chicken
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017

craftivist

noun
someone who practises craftivism
We believe a true Craftivist uses craft as a tool for gentle activism aimed at influencing long-term change.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/03/2017
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