By Elizabeth Knowles, Julia Elliott

ISBN-10: 0198602359

ISBN-13: 9780198602354

New phrases are the footprints of time. To recite a few of the words that experience turn into renowned within the 1990s--Generation X, Prozac, highway rage, shock-jock, voice mail--is to fast-forward via our fresh background. Now, within the moment variation of The Oxford Dictionary of recent phrases, readers can delight in a smorgasbord of latest phrases and words which were coined--or popularized--in the final ten years.

Here are countless numbers of fascinating, informative articles that supply the pronunciations, definitions, pattern sentences, origins, and casual histories of over 2,500 new phrases and words. The editors have drawn phrases from politics, the environmental move, expertise, enterprise, activities, and leisure; politically charged phrases similar to tree-hugger, feminazi, and lipstick lesbian, and renowned expressions resembling ''the ___ from hell'' (waiter from hell, dentist from hell) and ''been there, performed that.'' Two-thirds of the articles are new to this variation, and the others--on still-prominent phrases incorporated within the first edition--have been both revised or newly written. this helpful and interesting source is the 1st position to show for info whilst confronted with new phrases and words, and should be a gold mine of language for note fanatics all over the place.

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In the eighties angel dust enjoyed a short-lived revival as one of the preferred drugs of the new psychedelia associated with acid house; the term became the usual street name this time round for PCP, which also had a large number of other slang names such as cornflakes, goon, hog, loopy dust, and rocket fuel. Acid, angel dust. Elmore Leonard Glitz (1985), p. has recently emerged anew. Now they call it 'rocket fuel' in Chicago and mix it with peanut butter. Sunday Times 24 Mar. 1985, p. 12 'Angel dust', one of the most dangerous street drugs ever created, may soon have a new role--in treating heart attack and stroke victims.

The movements and gestures of the robots (each of which may be called an animatron or an animatronic) are extremely lifelike, but because they are pre-programmed they cannot be responsive or interactive: for this reason, animatronics has been described as being 'like television with the screen removed'. During the eighties, animatronics became more widely known as the theme park idea and the robotics technology were exported from the US to other parts of the world. Although it looks plural in form, animatronics always takes a singular agreement when it refers to the technique; plural agreement indicates that it is being used for a group of the robots themselves.

Almost immediately, anything that served the counter-culture also came to be described as alternative (for example the alternative press, consisting of those newspapers and magazines that were aimed at radical youth); uses arose from within the counter-culture, too (for example the alternative prospectus, which gave the students' view of an educational establishment rather than the official view). Although the term alternative society itself had fallen from fashion by the end of the seventies, the adjective enjoyed a new vogue in the eighties as the green movement urged society to seek new approaches to natural resources, fuel sources, etc.

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