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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".

AgnosticBaker Thu 17-Jan-19 11:52:29

@Suziepoozie, you're thinking of cojones.

LaurelAndMardy Thu 17-Jan-19 11:54:23

Is Brexit not classed as a portmanteau? Combining British and exit.

Sparklesocks Thu 17-Jan-19 11:55:08

I think it’s quite interesting, yes brands jumping on slang for sales is irritating but I do find it fascinating how language evolves, especially on things like social media where you can practically pinpoint when new words spring up.

WhoGivesADamnForAFlakeyBandit Thu 17-Jan-19 11:57:34

There was some git on Radio 4 this morning who used the word "transactionised" among other made up words. FFS. Radio 4 I tell you.

newnameforthis7 Thu 17-Jan-19 11:57:47

Agree with @JacquesHammer ... GASLIGHTING has been around for years!

There was a film about it around 70-80 years ago. That is where the saying comes from.

I agree with the OP. 'Go mahoosive with the all inclusive' (from the first choice ad,) makes me feel violent.

Also hate ...

I can't even!
just saying
totes amazeballs,
my bad
I'm not being funny but....
if you can't handle me at my worst, then you don't deserve me at my best

And ANYONE who calls their son 'my little soldier' or their daughter 'little princess!'

JacquesHammer Thu 17-Jan-19 12:01:17

I think the movie Gaslight was adapted from a play too.

Really good film <misses point of thread>

WhoGivesADamnForAFlakeyBandit Thu 17-Jan-19 12:02:04 2.50 ish onwards
I was wrong - he said investmentisation and transacted.

oofadoofa Thu 17-Jan-19 12:04:12

I apologise, then, but I’d genuinely never come across it up until a year or two or go. There must be a better one to use for whatever point it is making?

HowlsMovingBungalow Thu 17-Jan-19 12:05:14

Lets not forget that 'living my best life' shite that is shoehorned onto social media.

Suziepoozie Thu 17-Jan-19 12:20:52

Thank god I checked then 😂 I did wonder why the advert was talking about balls..

Impicciona Thu 17-Jan-19 12:24:16

Taking words from other languages is normal though ....

Broccoli (Italian)
Cigarette (French)
Ballerina (Italian)
Courgette (French)
Etcetera (Latin)
Etc. ...

badlydrawnperson Thu 17-Jan-19 12:48:43

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.

Agreed - and loose will the correct spelling of lose and lead will be the correct spelling of led and averse and adverse won't be two words with different meanings, and the meanings of worse and worst will be reversed and so will bought and brought.

DoJo Thu 17-Jan-19 13:21:18

I apologise, then, but I’d genuinely never come across it up until a year or two or go. There must be a better one to use for whatever point it is making?

Presumably not as a cultural reference has been used to describe a pattern of behaviour that was characterised in that film. What would you consider a 'better' word?

newnameforthis7 Thu 17-Jan-19 13:24:58

@oofadoofa no need to apologise! smile

We all find things out that we didn't know - that many others seem to!!!

EG, I thought tigers were from AFRICA til about 5 years ago, and also thought that Holland was a country til 3 years ago. And I have been to Holland 3 times. First time in the 1980s.)

(Tigers are from Asia, and Holland is a province of the Netherlands!)

There are quite a few more examples I could give!

I bet I am way older than you too! blush

Gaslighting definition BTW. (From 'Psychology Today.)

Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person makes their victim question their reality. (Usually to gain more power and control.) It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders.

WhyDontYouComeOnOver Thu 17-Jan-19 13:25:27

Why do you hate "triggering"? It's a word used by mental health specialists.

SpoonBlender Thu 17-Jan-19 13:25:59

Any language where "literally" can be defined as "also not literally" is clearly one that's going places.

Perhaps not the best places, but definitely going.

English has always been a mixing pot langage - almost all are, bringing in loan words from nearby/traders that get absorbed, but English is particularly famous for it for historical reasons.

"The problem with defending the purity of the English language is that English is about as pure as a cribhouse whore. We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and riffle their pockets for new vocabulary" is a nice pithy quote by James Nicoll.

SpoonBlender Thu 17-Jan-19 13:31:18

English dictionaries are - by design - descriptive, not prescriptive. They're notes on how the language is being used, not cast iron orders on how it should be used.

You don't have to like it, but you do have to stand back and let it happen. You don't actually have a choice. It is worth vaguely keeping up so you can understand the kids when you're old.

newnameforthis7 Thu 17-Jan-19 13:31:21

Oh and I agree with @oofadoofa I am also getting sick of CIS, non binary, gender fluid and all that jazz.

Does my head in.

BitOutOfPractice Thu 17-Jan-19 13:31:39

Brexit isn't a made-up word.It's a portmanteau word. Bit like famous couples having their names shipped (sorry, made up word).

pippistrelle Thu 17-Jan-19 13:33:21

Oh yes, 'literally' is a good one as it can now mean what it means but also its opposite. (I nearly typed 'it's' there - possessive 'its' used to have an apostrophe, I understand, so at some point, there must have been people incandescent about there being no apostrophe.)

Oldraver Thu 17-Jan-19 13:34:46

I heard the inbetween programmes (tv) announcer refer to the next 'ep' grrrr

Beeziekn33ze Thu 17-Jan-19 13:37:48

pipistrelle - When?

BitOutOfPractice Thu 17-Jan-19 13:41:00

I think pippistrelle (what a lovely word that is!) means when someone says "I literally laughed my head off!" or "I literally wet myself!" when they really don't mean they literally did either of those things. They did them figuratively.

Craft1905 Thu 17-Jan-19 13:41:10

I can cope with Brexit. What I can't cope with is people who pronounce it Breggzit. Normally leave voters because they are very often thick.

Whitelisbon Thu 17-Jan-19 13:41:44

Doggo and pupper make me see red. Its a fucking dog and a puppy, not a wanking doggo or a pupper. Fucks sake.

windowWAG Thu 17-Jan-19 13:44:00

The apostrophe is dead. There are now bigger fish to fry.

pippistrelle Thu 17-Jan-19 13:51:13

Possessive its with an apostrophe information:

BitOutOfPractice Thu 17-Jan-19 13:52:44

The apostrophe is dead. There are now bigger fish to fry

Not in this house it's not!

elQuintoConyo Thu 17-Jan-19 14:00:17

Isn't doggo an Australianism?

I see no one has mentioned MN classics such as wankbadger, cuntbungling spunktrumpet, cocklodger.

How about brunch? Are we allowed that? And what about brinner (breakfast-dinner; thanks Scrubs!)?

Awesomeballs and the like make me roll my eyes, but i don't mind them. People who use 'because + noun' break my balls:

"Why do you believe in Bach Flowers?"
"Because nature".

What an absolute cock! On both frontsvgrin

Craft1905 Thu 17-Jan-19 14:01:43

Isn't doggo an Australianism?

I thought that was dingo? grin

TrendyNorthLondonTeen Thu 17-Jan-19 14:03:24

OP, verily thou hast forsaken ye olde English.

NotACleverName Thu 17-Jan-19 14:04:50

Well, OP, I've got bad news for you about every single word ever...

BitOutOfPractice Thu 17-Jan-19 14:06:53

Break it to her gently NotACleverName grin

You might want to sit down for this OP

Pk37 Thu 17-Jan-19 14:08:03

Holibobs, hubby , chillax ..
They all make me murderous

HarryTheSteppenwolf Thu 17-Jan-19 14:10:03

I assumed "kahoonahs" was a misspelling of cojones (Spanish for balls).

I also assume anyone who uses words like "convo", "ambo", "tomoz", "holibobs", "PJs", etc., is a moron and therefore ignore them.

QuestionableMouse Thu 17-Jan-19 14:11:00

Every word was once 'made up'.

mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 14:20:54

I cannot stand seeing "me n the hubs off on our hollibobs" again makes my skin crawl. Also the word "hubby" "bae" etc. For one most people who write this sentence aren't even married.
All of the words mentioned to this post. I agree with.

Bezalelle Thu 17-Jan-19 14:29:40

I hate "webinar". Makes me shudder.

purplegoat Thu 17-Jan-19 15:18:34

Cray Cray

These make me see red.

Musmerian Thu 17-Jan-19 16:07:37

All vagina euphemisms: foof, vajayjay, twinkle et al.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Thu 17-Jan-19 16:15:16

@Craft1905 - I’m sure I remember the phrase ‘lying doggo’ - which means hiding or lying low. I don’t know if it is Australian in origin, though it does have an Aussie flavour to it.

delboysskinandblister Thu 17-Jan-19 16:26:13

cray cray
get (as in can I get?... What happend to May I have?) I'm old!! grin
wel jel
second referendum controversial

tiggerkid Thu 17-Jan-19 16:27:33

Yes, staycation is one that is definitely not very popular with me!

BusySnipingOnCallOfDuty Thu 17-Jan-19 16:40:45

There's plenty of silly words I dislike. But it's probably more because of the way the people who use them type in general, which bugs the crap out of me.

Otherwise, I have my own personal dialect at home. We are rather silly. OK, OK, I'm rather silly. Always an academic; but poetic to the core. My soul oozes with charismatic language.

It's my bastarding choice to invent words which suit me. Bastarding is a favourite of mine. Look at this bastarding weather. It's bastarding cold. Bastarding kids. I'm bastarding furious. Ahh. Bastarding.

DarlingNikita Thu 17-Jan-19 17:21:37

I loathe so many of these. Also, not a word as much as as a usage, but 'it's crazy cold outside' etc gives me the fucking red mist.

Buteo Thu 17-Jan-19 17:26:42

Someone at Kellogg’s must have a similar hatred of “new words” as they wouldn’t let DH have his free spoon engraved with the word Cockwomble.

NigelGresley Thu 17-Jan-19 17:28:44

I predict that 'could of' and 'would of' won't be wrong for too much longer,

Nooooo, I’m not having that, not just because of people’s laziness and lack of understanding.
The problem is that nobody wants to be the one to correct someone, so the same mistakes are made and repeated.

I was going to correct someone on a Brexit thread about use of “there”, but thought better of it. Perhaps I should!!!

mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 17:29:06

@BusySnipingOnCallOfDuty yes I I'm guilty of my own at home random language bastarding is one of mine too.
Yes I also agree with the person who said about the horrible words used for the vagina foof etc

I just don't understand why just why?

mogulfield Thu 17-Jan-19 17:32:57

Agree with 'Could of' and holibobs 😡 what's wrong with saying holiday?

DarlingNikita Thu 17-Jan-19 17:37:29

Buteo, how upsetting.

Buteo Thu 17-Jan-19 17:42:07

Nikita I’d say he was gutted but I think that would be wrong, as he was slightly disappointed rather than disembowelled.

DarlingNikita Thu 17-Jan-19 17:50:25


I'm guilty of using 'gutted', actually.

BentNeckLady Thu 17-Jan-19 17:55:40

I’m pissed off about pupper & doggo. I’ve been calling dogs I meet dogster & pupster for years and now I’m going to have to stop it.

mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 17:56:47

The word "like" like all the time in ike every sentence cause like I have like the best weekend like ever. angryangryangry
Same for the word "literally"

flooredbored Thu 17-Jan-19 17:58:11

I've used the word mahoosive as long as I can remember, definitely well over 25 years. So not that new. Some new words I probably wouldn't take to using but can't see a problem really. Language does evolve over time.

Rockbird Thu 17-Jan-19 18:00:33

I quite like famalam... blush Necer have the nerve to use it though, but I think it grin

Rockbird Thu 17-Jan-19 18:00:46

Never FFS.

TurquoiseDress Thu 17-Jan-19 18:00:49


Famalam and Holibobs are my top two hated ones!

These generally pop on my FB feed and make me want to delete those people using them! grin

TurquoiseDress Thu 17-Jan-19 18:01:51

*The word "like" like all the time in ike every sentence cause like I have like the best weekend like ever. angryangryangry
Same for the word "literally"*

I totally, like, blame the Kardashians!!

TurquoiseDress Thu 17-Jan-19 18:02:59

The word "like" like all the time in ike every sentence cause like I have like the best weekend like ever. anqgryangryangry Same for the word "literally"

DarlingNikita Thu 17-Jan-19 18:03:47

pupper? confused What fresh hell is this?
Like 'doggo' isn't bad enough.

mommymooo Thu 17-Jan-19 18:06:44

I know the word like and literally aren't new words I meant they are they are overused.

MilkTrayLimeBarrel Thu 17-Jan-19 18:12:54

I agree with 'can I get' - so ugly - what is wrong with 'please may I have ...'?
Hubby/wifey/little man/little princess/bubba
Dear instead of expensive
At the minute instead of at the moment
People who say 'garidge' instead of 'gararj'
Stupid twee words like 'wee' and 'poo' - just use adult words, please!

planespotting Thu 17-Jan-19 18:16:46

I love them
Particularly keen on mortificado

lotusbell Thu 17-Jan-19 18:40:24

Everything @newnameforthis7 listed, although I'm sure you mean 'prinny' and not 'princess' grin

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Thu 17-Jan-19 18:53:02

@MilkTrayLimeBarrel - my parents used ‘dear’ as a synonym for expensive when I was very small - 50 years ago - so it definitely isn’t a new usage. They were pretty strict about speaking correctly, without too much slang, so I have to assume that it was an accepted use of the word ‘dear’ even then.

Lougle Thu 17-Jan-19 18:55:33

Language does evolve. It's hilarious listening to the children of today. They're "nervited" (nervous and excited). My DD1 is getting "roasted" at school lately (I think that means that people are teasing her) "it's lit" when it's cool or awesome, and they're being "salty" when they're angry about something. "Yeet" for yes. It's just the way language is used by groups of people.

SDTGisAnEvilWolefGenius Thu 17-Jan-19 18:56:36

I’ve checked, and the Cambridge English Dictionary lists expensive as one of the meanings of the word ‘dear’.

DarlingNikita Thu 17-Jan-19 19:01:26

Dear instead of expensive

My mum's family (West Midlands) always used that when I was a kid, so it's not new.

Lougle, roasted does mean teased, yes. It's common in American English; there's a tradition of the comedy roast, where comedians and other performers/slebs basically slag each other off.

CrochetBug Thu 17-Jan-19 19:15:02

Another one chiming in to say that 'dear' meaning 'expensive' isn't new.
My darling Gramps used to call Deer "s'pensives" grin

BentNeckLady Thu 17-Jan-19 19:18:08

Stupid twee words like 'wee' and 'poo' - just use adult words, please!

What like urine and excrement or faeces? or were you thinking shit and piss?

megletthesecond Thu 17-Jan-19 19:20:29

I love PasAg (passive aggressive) blush.

planespotting Thu 17-Jan-19 19:20:58

"I am going to release some urine"
Now, that is catchy

BentNeckLady Thu 17-Jan-19 19:22:30

I’m going to empty my bowels sounds so nice, too!

MrJollyLivesNextDoor Thu 17-Jan-19 20:36:27

Mortificado 😃
Loving this!
Stealing it 😎

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