PANTS: Brit. slang. Rubbish; nonsense. Freq. in pile (also load) of pants.; DICTIONARY PICKS MIRROR WORD.Byline: LORRAINE FISHER
THE word The Mirror used to sum up the lacklustre lacklustre or US lackluster
lacking brilliance, force, or vitality
Adj. 1. lacklustre - lacking brilliance or vitality; "a dull lackluster life"; "a lusterless performance" British election campaign has now officially entered the English language.
Just days after the front page declared the contest Pants, its new meaning has been used for the first time in the Oxford English Dictionary Oxford English Dictionary
(OED) great multi-volume historical dictionary of English. [Br. Hist.: Caught in the Web of Words]
See : Lexicography .
The experts defined the word as British slang for rubbish or nonsense. And they praised the Mirror for getting its new meaning exactly right in our Pants front page.
The dictionary's assistant editor Graeme Diamond said: "We noticed your article saying 'It's official, the election is PANTS'. It was quite witty."
Pants has been included in the on-line version of the OED OED
Oxford English Dictionary
Noun 1. OED - an unabridged dictionary constructed on historical principles
O.E.D., Oxford English Dictionary , because the new printed edition is not due out for 10 years. Other new words include full monty, boy band, clubbing, six-pack and ladette.
Bad hair day was first used towards the end of the nineties to mean a period where everything goes wrong.
Serial monogamy also gets a mention, as does new man - for a guy "in touch" with his feminine side - retail therapy and go malling.
Other new arrivals include cybercriminal, name and shame Name and Shame is a practice to discourage some kinds of activity (generally anti-social or criminal) by publishing the names of those involved. The term was coined by British newspapers in the 1980s. , mullet mullet: see silversides.
Any of fewer than 100 species (family Mugilidae) of abundant, commercially valuable schooling fishes found in brackish or fresh waters throughout tropical and temperate regions. , Homer Simpson's catchphrase Doh!, millennium bug, .com, spam, information superhighway, channel surfer and off-message.
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