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threenager (noun) : a three-year-old who exhibits characteristics often associated with teenagers

People like to talk up the terrible twos as if they're the worst year of childhood a parent must endure. Then we're completely blindsided when we realize the threes are so much worse. These terrors have been coined threenagers, and they're out to get us. —Jennifer Borget,, September 22, 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 15:15

groufie (noun) : a group selfie

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 15:07

poor door (noun) : an entrance to an residential building for residents of the lower-rent units

The so-called poor door has brought an outcry, with numerous officials now demanding an end to the strategy. —Mireya Navarro, New York Times, Aug. 26, 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 15:06

lumbersexual (noun) : a usually urban heterosexual male given to dressing in the style of a lumberjack and wearing a long beard

Whether the roots of the lumbersexual are a cultural shift toward environmentalism, rebellion against the grind of 9-5 office jobs, or simply recognition that outdoor gear is just more comfortable, functional and durable, the Lumbersexual is on the rise. —Tom Puzak,, Oct. 30, 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 15:02


(noun) : a combination of a compliment and an insult

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 14:49

vocal fry (noun) : speech having a creaky or rough sound

Ms. Knightley, a proven chameleon, fits right in, suppressing her British accent, showing off her skateboard moves and even dabbling in a bit of vocal fry. —A. O. Scott, New York Times, Oct. 23, 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 14:48

inartful (adjective) : not artful : inelegant

While his attempt at fatherly advice on sex may have been inartful, it hardly justified his critics’ charge that he was blaming women for sexual assault. —John Fund, National Review, December 7, 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 12, 2014 10:06

ASMR (abbreviation) : autonomous sensory meridian response

Recently I discovered that other people have similar experiences, and that the sensation has a name, ASMR, and tens of thousands of videos dedicated to it. —Nick Higham,, 10 December 2014

Submitted by: Anonymous on Dec. 11, 2014 12:35

misfounded (adjective) : based on an incorrect interpretation of a fact

Submitted by: Nathan Weinstein from New York on Dec. 09, 2014 13:59

biomimic (adjective) : modeled on a biological entity or process

The biomimic prostheses was designed with the purpose of copying the structure of the tibia and fibula, hopefully with the result of replicating a human leg.

Submitted by: Emma Lee from Pennsylvania on Dec. 08, 2014 23:38

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