New words post 1950 – S,T
Sexercise – noun
A group of exercises done during foreplay or sex to tone, build, and strengthen muscles. It was coined by blending the nouns ‘sex’ and ‘exercise’. As a way to make exercise fun instead of being tedious ‘sexercise’ was created to try and tackle the obesity problem in Britain today.
Shopaholic – noun
A compulsive shopper. This word was coined by mimicking the noun ‘alcoholic’, by using the end part of the word including the suffix. ‘holic’ was used in order to portray the severity of the shopping obsession. Shopping to this extent is common with more and more people having a WAG lifestyle so this word was created as a way to describe the modern way in which we live.
SIM card – noun
A plastic card inside a mobile phone that stores personal information about the person using the phone. The acronym ‘SIM’ is the abbreviation of ‘subscriber identification module’. Mobile phones became part of everyday life and now almost everyone has one so this word was coined as a way to fulfil the needs of this new technological society. The acronym is easy to say and sounds much more colloquial. The conversational style means that everybody can talk about it; it is not restricted to the upper class or scientific geniuses.
Travelator – noun
A moving walkway, often used in airports. It is a blending of the noun ‘travel’ and the suffix ‘ator’. This piece of new technology was created as a way of making peoples’ lives easier, to make it easier getting from one place to another, therefore this new word was created to describe what the object itself is doing…making you ‘travel’.
Travelated – verb
A verb to describe going on the ‘travelator’. The bound morpheme ‘ed’ was added to create this verb whilst removing part of the suffix ‘ator’.
To twoc – verb
To steal an automobile, esp. for joyriding. It derives from the acronym TWOC meaning ‘taken without owner’s consent’. This word fulfils a need in today’s criminal society.
Twocer – noun
A person who steals an automobile, esp. for joyriding. Back-formation of the verb ‘twoc’.
Trekki – noun
A person who loves Star Trek. The clipping ‘trek’ and the suffix ‘i’ were used to create this word. This word was needed in order to describe the massive fan base which Star Trek has.
Tango-ed – adjective
A word used to describe a person who has used a lot of fake tanning lotion or been on the sunbed for a long time and is therefore quite orange. The bound morpheme ‘ed’ was added to the proper noun ‘Tango’ to create this adjective. It has become increasingly popular to look somewhat orange, as the idea of being tanned relates to celebrities who are popular and rich e.g. Paris Hilton. Many young girls aspire to be like this. This term is used in a derogatory way in order to insult the way a tanned person looks.
24-7 – adverb
24 hours a day, 7 days a week i.e. unceasingly. This word was coined in order to describe the hectic lifestyle that many people now lead. It was back-formed from the phrase ’24 hours a day, 7 days a week’.