the language report

I have borrowed and I am reading ‘the language report‘ by Susie Dent. I have put together a list of my favourite words so far:

bolotics: a combination of nonsense and political correctness (= bollocks and politics) page. 18

gratters: a colloquial term at school and university for ‘congratulations’. (originally from 1903) page. 7

divvy: extremely pleasant, ‘divine’, ‘heavenly’. This word derives from the first syllable of divine. (again from 1903) page. 7

to text: to send a text message. This is an example of a recent ‘verbed noun’. page. 19

shopgrifting: the practice of buying an item, using it, and then returning it for a full refund. page. 27

ham: a piece of legitimate email that was wrongly filtered as spam by an anti-spam programme.

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