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Muffin top is a word lover's barbecue stopper

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/06/04/1180809433917.html

John Huxley
June 5, 2007

IT MAY be only four months since muffin top - "the fold of fat around the midriff, which spills over the top of tight-fitting pants" - was named the Macquarie Dictionary inaugural word of the year. But nominations are rolling in for the 2007 winner.

"I've already got quite a nice little bundle of suggestions on my desk," said Sue Butler, editor of the dictionary, who with colleagues will prepare a shortlist to be put to a public vote. "One I'm keeping my eye on especially is chequebook diplomacy."

It refers to the growing practice of superpowers showering money on small countries - say, Pacific islands - to win their support and sometimes votes on international issues such as whaling.

Other phrases to catch her attention include: micro-blogging, happy-clappy and, especially since the despoliation of the Gwydir wetlands, Ramsar site, named after the Iranian town where a convention to protect such areas was signed.

Ms Butler has also noticed a comeback for a phrase that gained currency in the second half of the 19th century but disappeared until recently: marvellous Melbourne.

Despite reappearing, it is unlikely to make the shortlist. New words and phrases cannot be simply clever. They have to gain wide currency; predictably "marvellous Melbourne" is rarely, if ever, heard in Sydney and other state capitals.

Ms Butler spoke after the publication in London of the new Collins English Dictionary. Some of its new entries may be familiar.

They include the Australian barbecue stopper, the American McMansions, the untraceable but possibly Australian Dykon, for a celebrity admired by lesbians, and the ubiquitous muffin top.

Muffin top not only took the Macquarie prize, but was runner-up in the American Dialect Society's word of the year. The winner was another sartorial phenomenon: the whale tail, the bit of the G-string that shows above the waistband at the back of trousers.

Among other Collins newcomers, Ms Butler sees phrases such as carbon footprint, and the related carbon offsetting and trading making inroads into the vocabulary.

But despite our interest in David Hicks, we have not adopted Gitmo as an abbreviation for Guantanamo Bay.

She also conceded that others - such as Croydon facelift, the tightening effect on the skin of a woman's face caused by securing the hair in a tight ponytail - could be easily Australianised by changing the place name.

www.macquariedictionary.com.au

COMMON CURRENCY

Hoodie: a potential hooligan wearing a hooded sweatshirt.

Wags: the good-time wives and girlfriends of sports teams.

Size zero: super-skinny.

Disemvowel: remove letters for text messaging.

Exergaming: playing video games while working out.
 

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Goan is a word, it's a type of Indian cuisine from Goa and it is portugese influenced. I got sent that one as a joke about 10 years ago, I'm surprised someone actually used it on a radio station.
 
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