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To HATE made up new words

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mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 11:20:18

For example the first choice holiday advice go MAHOOSIVE with the family VAYCAYS. BIG KAHOONAHS ON THE BEACH.
oh my god it makes my skin just crawl. Arrgghhh

wannabebetter Thu 17-Jan-19 11:21:01


YouWereRight Thu 17-Jan-19 11:22:12

But you're thinking/talking about their advert, so it worked.

HowlsMovingBungalow Thu 17-Jan-19 11:22:22


MilkTwoSugarsThanks Thu 17-Jan-19 11:29:11

Shakespeare made up hundreds of new words for which the English language is definitely better for.

Whoever came up with "famalam" should be shot though.

steff13 Thu 17-Jan-19 11:31:13

All words are made up. And kahuna is actually quite an old Hawaiian word for shaman.

Smasht Thu 17-Jan-19 11:31:35

Wtf does famalam mean? And kahoonas for that matter.

Smasht Thu 17-Jan-19 11:32:44

Big shamen on the beach?

Fantababy Thu 17-Jan-19 11:33:31

Second brexit. I really hoped that wouldn't catch on when this nonsense all started.

Probably still the least offensive aspect of it mind you.

NicoleNoPants Thu 17-Jan-19 11:35:38

All words are made up. Language is organic.

RedHatsDoNotSuitMe Thu 17-Jan-19 11:36:08

Language is supposed to evolve

steff13 Thu 17-Jan-19 11:36:16

Kahuna can also refer to a wave, but that's not it's original meaning, it's a secondary meaning. It's not a "made up" word in the send that mahoosive is. And I do hate that one personally.

Houseonahill Thu 17-Jan-19 11:36:30

I hate vaycay, I also hate staycation. Some bother me and some don't tbf. I have no problem with mahoosive for example.

steff13 Thu 17-Jan-19 11:38:58

I guess my point is, kahuna is a word in the Hawaiian language, it isn't English. It's seems a bit off to cite it as a made up word, when it's part of the culture of an indigenous people, if you see what I'm saying.

badlydrawnperson Thu 17-Jan-19 11:39:19

YANBU. I hate the way "order" got changed to "pre-order" and "warn" to "pre-warn" for absolutely no good fucking reason!

oofadoofa Thu 17-Jan-19 11:42:08

Yep. See also:

Cis gendered (+non-binary + gender neutral)
Gaslighting (still no idea what this means)
Privilege (or overuse there of)

And so many, many more of them ‘new speak’ words or phrases that lead me to just switch right off of whatever it is I’m reading or watching when encountering them.

JacquesHammer Thu 17-Jan-19 11:43:25

Gaslighting isn’t a new made up word! Nor is its definition!

SearchingForSeaGlass Thu 17-Jan-19 11:43:54


Hermagsjesty Thu 17-Jan-19 11:45:28

YABU. All language was new and made up at one point. We’re constantly borrowing from other languages, reimagining old words etc. Language evolves.

mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 11:45:43

First choice didn't work though as I didn't book with them this year and I normally do I cannot stand all that vaykay mahoosive nonsense.
Brexit hate that too.
Fam famalam hate those too.

pippistrelle Thu 17-Jan-19 11:45:52

It's how language works. I predict that 'could of' and 'would of' won't be wrong for too much longer, although I'll still be tutting about them when I'm an old lady sitting in a bath chair with a travel rug over my knees and using an ear trumpet, forsooth.

Suziepoozie Thu 17-Jan-19 11:47:37

I thought kahunas meant having big balls/being bold? A bit like chutzpah?

Hermagsjesty Thu 17-Jan-19 11:47:48

Also - and this connects to @steff13 makes, - a lot of the words that people criticise as “new-fangled” and made-up actually have roots in other cultures.

Disfordarkchocolate Thu 17-Jan-19 11:49:15

Staycation - it's a holiday.

HoldtheFrontPage Thu 17-Jan-19 11:50:54

I hate "spenny" for "expensive".

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