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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

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.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslight_(1944_film)

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

Also hate ...

holibobs
familam
sainsbo's
staycation
triggering,
sorry-not-sorry,
cray
I can't even!
just saying
totes amazeballs,
errmagerrrd
at-the-end-of-the-day
my bad
I'm not being funny but....
bae
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

www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00021q5 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.

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