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SNP’s word of the day: Nug

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Word: Nug

Meaning: Dear, lover, loved one (Victorian-era slang)
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SNP’s word of the day: Anhedonia

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Word: Anhedonia

Meaning: Inability to experience joy in enjoyable experiences or pleasure in pleasurable ones. Read more »


SNP’s word of the day: You-topia

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Word: You-topia

Meaning: A self-fulfilling community based around similar desires/interests/pursuits, not so much class/gender/race. Read more »


SNP’s word of the day: Phantasmagorical

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Word: Phantasmagorical

Meaning: A series of random, fantastical events occurring as in a dream; kind of like surrealism minus the realism.

Usage: “I wanted to be sure I was properly grounded before straying into treacherous territory: the nature of being in our phantasmagorical high-finance, high-tech era.” — a Salon.com review of the new Robert Harris book

You should know it because: Yesterday, the online fashion rag Hint posted about a new flavour of macaron by Tsumori Chisato for Ladurée, a flavour the Parisian makers call “phantasmagorical.” I hope one bite sends you on a lurid bacchanalia populated by satyrs and unicorns, a sort of Fear and Loathing in Ladurée, because that’s what a phantasmagoria is. Think of: paintings by the 15th century Dutch freak Hieronymus Bosch, music by David Lynch, and films by Tim Burton—or better yet, Guillermo del Toro‘s Pan’s Labyrinth (2008). Phantasmagorical literature is often for kids, á la Lewis Carroll, but not always: One Hundred Years of Solitude is a good example; Midnight’s Children, an overrated one. The more occult beliefs of Carl Jung were phantasmagorical, and so were the teachings of American author/shaman Carlos Castaneda. But a pink macaron? Keep dreaming.


SNP’s word of the day: Diefenbaby

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Word: Diefenbaby

Meaning: The possible illegitimate son of John Diefenbaker.

Usage: “Diefenbaby believes ex-PM’s brain could yield clues” — actual CBC.ca headline
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SNP’s word of the day: Lana Del Reycist

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Word: Lana Del Reycist

Meaning: Discriminating against someone on the basis of perceived inauthenticity.

Usage: “You guys are all just Lana Del Reycist.” — @AlexBlagg on Twitter
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SNP’s word of the day: Blondetourage

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Word: Blondetourage

Meaning: A group of blondes. God, even a blonde could figure that out. Kidding, kidding, kidding!

Usage: “Farrah and Ashley—known on Rock of Love Bus as the charter members of “The Blondetourage”—are stripping together, as a team.” — “Rock of Love Girls: Where Are They Now?” on Jezebel
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SNP’s word of the day: Wackaloon

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Word: Wackaloon

Meaning: Something to be worn, but not to be believed.

Usage: “You can tell if something is ‘directional’; if it looks completely wackaloon at first, but then six months later everyone in your 10:30 meeting is wearing it. ” — Wordnik’s Erin McKean to The Fashion Spot.
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