Wednesday, 25 November 2009
That’s what she said
Flipping through the NME’s commemorative Noughties edition is slightly disturbing for an old fart like me, not least because the editor reveals that as the new millennium dawned, she’d just turned 18. But they do offer a few decade-specific words and phrases that escaped our linguistic dustbuster. (See pp 167-174.)
Cougar (noun) A sexually aggressive older woman prone to preying on young men.
Fail (noun) A fail is not quite the same as a failure: the latter is something that wakes you up in cold sweats at 3am, while a fail is more of a matter for light-hearted ritual public humiliation in a knickers-tucked-into-your-skirt kind of way.
Nang (adjective) London kid word for good. Acceptable if you’re 14 and from Hackney.
Nintendonitis (noun) Wii-Fit related injuries prove that even pretend exercise can be dangerous.