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DWM

abbreviation
(also DWEM)
dead white (European) male: a man, especially a writer or artist, whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group (male and white) that was dominant at the time
The DWEM represents the canon works so long prized by academic traditionalists – works created largely by Western, Eurocentric men, mostly now dead.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/07/2014 12:59:00

dead white (European) male

noun
(also dead white (European) man)
a man, especially a writer or artist, whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group (male and white) that was dominant at the time
Welcome back, dead white males. Our students must read the classics.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/07/2014 12:58:00

denialist

noun
someone who deliberately chooses to deny the truth about something because it is too uncomfortable or difficult to accept
The right-wing denialists, now dominant within the Coalition, often call themselves conservatives.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/07/2014 10:45:00

denialism

noun
the deliberate choice to deny the truth about something because it is too uncomfortable or difficult to accept
Climate change denialism soon spread beyond the US, especially to the countries of the English-speaking world.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/07/2014 10:44:00

polar vortex

noun
a persistent, large-scale cyclone (=a circular storm) that circles the north and south poles. If it moves from its normal position it can cause significant cooling of the weather in densely populated areas.
North America’s polar vortex-filled winter was almost certainly overhyped.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/07/2014 15:16:00

RCT

abbreviation
randomised control(led) trial: a type of scientific experiment used especially in trials of new drugs. Subjects are randomly assigned to one or other experiemental treatment while a control group receives no treatment.
The claims of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to be the gold standard rest on the fact that the ideal RCT is a deductive method.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 15/07/2014 15:01:00

mulish

adjective
a mulish person is not willing to change their ideas or to consider anyone else's reasons or arguments
We can try to suggest the new solution to John, but he is so mulish that it might be difficult to convince him to change his mind.
Submitted by: John from Poland on 15/07/2014 05:23:00

loom bands

noun
brightly coloured rubber bands that can be woven into jewellery and other items, often using a simple plastic loom (=a machine used for weaving)
Why are "loom bands" one of the most popular toys in the world at the moment?
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/07/2014 12:39:00

unpredictability

noun
the quality of being impossible to predict
A defining feature of the British weather is its unpredictability.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 14/07/2014 09:26:00

keep your wig on

phrase
said to tell somebody not to be so fussy
Alright, keep your wig on!
Submitted by: James Strangward from United Kingdom on 13/07/2014 18:12:00

tell-all

noun
a publication or statement revealing shocking or scandalous information
The Australian Olympic swimming legend sat down with Sir Michael Parkinson for a tell-all addressing the rumours of his sexuality.
Submitted by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 13/07/2014 16:06:00

Gamosa

noun
a white rectangular piece of cloth whose basic function is to be used as a towel, and is also gifted on cultural and official occasions. The cloth has a red border on three sides and red woven motifs on the fourth, and is an article of great importance in the Indian state of Assam.
The production rate of 'Gamosa' fell this year owing to infrastructural issues.
Submitted by: Sudeshna B Baruah from India on 13/07/2014 08:44:00

SC&O19

abbreviation
Specialist Firearms Command: the unit responsible for all firearms training and firearm matters within the MPS (=London's Metropolitan Police Service)
The Tactical Firearms Command now part of SC&O19 was set up in 2009.
Submitted by: Spec from United Kingdom on 12/07/2014 15:20:00

sideboob

noun
the side of a woman's breast, visible because she is wearing a garment with no sides at the top and no bra
Sideboob is the posh girl's cleavage.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 18:46:00

whale tail

noun
the Y-shaped waistband of a thong when it can be seen above the waistline of low-cut jeans, shorts, or skirt
Who remembers the whale tail? That unholy alliance of low-cut hipster jeans and high-cut thongs, which resulted in a T-bar of lace or cotton above the jeans every time the wearer bent over or sat down.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 18:44:00

underbum

noun
the lower part of the buttocks, especially when revealed by very short shorts
The underbum is bold and brazen, in a lollipoppy, Katy Perry or Rihanna kind of a way.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 18:42:00

earworm

noun
a song or tune that you keep hearing in your head
Scientists claim to have found a way to help anyone plagued by earworms – those annoying tunes that lodge themselves inside our heads.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 15:53:00

greediness

noun
greed
His popularity starts fading because of his greediness.
Submitted by: Md. Saiful Alam from Bangladesh on 11/07/2014 13:13:00

lookbook

noun
a set of photographs which show what different clothes styles look like and is used to advertise those clothes
The Diesel F/W 2014 Men's Lookbook includes, besides their awesome denim, of course, a lot of military and leather based pieces.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 11:19:00

affordance

noun
1
a characteristic or feature of something that makes it likely it will be used in a particular way
The handles on a tea set provide an obvious affordance for holding for individuals with a hand.
2
the properties of a user interface that make it simple and intuitive to use
The affordances of the technology are not utilised.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2014 09:13:00