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Friday, June 11, 2004

Mucus Trooper

Thanks to Ms. Behaviour for the heads up on some excellent new words being 'popularised' over at WordSpy.com. She lists these particularly handy gems...
Retrosexual (ret.roh.SEK.shoo.ul) n. A man with an undeveloped aesthetic sense who spends as little time and money as possible on his appearance and lifestyle.

Heteroflexible (het.ur.oh.FLEKS.uh.bul) n. A heterosexual person who is open to relationships with people of the same sex.

Mucus Trooper (MYOO.kus troo.pur) n. An employee with a cold or the flu who insists on showing up for work.
We regularly get Mucus Troopers in at the library, and sometimes (school classes usually) a whole mucus troop. Also spotted by myself while surfing the site were these words I'll be dropping casually (and pertinently, mind you) into conversation soon...
Meanderthal (mee.AN.dur.thawl; th as in thin) n. A person who walks particularly slowly and aimlessly.
Again, we see a few of those coming through the doors at work. And this new phrase is especially resonant...
Information Environmentalism n. The movement that seeks to reduce information overload and its effects on people's lives.
...mostly because I spend so much time in reference helping people purge the 20 books they've decided to get out on one topic to the two or three books they actually need to complete their homework/assignment/whatever (these people usually being meanderthals). I wonder if noizyboy's information enthusiasm will get a mention at some point?