Hindsight Bias

hindsight bias

Neologism, jargon: n. the tendency to view events which have already occurred as more predictable than they truly are. Also known as the “knew-it-all-along” effect   Etymology: Compound formed by the combination of “hindsight” and “bias”, separated by a space The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines “hindsight” as seeing what has happened after an event has occured; perception gained by […]

Skin Hunger

Skin Hunger

Neologism: n. the desire for physical contact from another human, especially after a period of deprivation   Etymology: A compound formed by the unhyphenated combination of “skin” and “hunger” According to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), “skin” is a borrowing from early Scandinavian which closely mirrors the Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian word “skinn”, which […]

Brexit

brexit door

Neologism, slang/jargon: n. Britain’s potential departure from the European Union (EU), which will be voted on in a referendum on June 23rd, 2016 Etymology: Blend of “British” or “Britain” and “exit” “Britain”, according to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), is a borrowing from Latin which is related to the classical Latin word “Britannus”, an adjective […]

Soup Sandwich

Neologism, slang: n. 1) a person who is highly disorganized 2) a situation which lacks sense or order or is particularly difficult   Etymology: Compound of the words “soup” and “sandwich” “Soup” is derived from the following: French “soupe”, Provençal “sopa”, Spanish “sopa”, Portuguese “sopa”, Italian “zuppa”, West Flemish “soepe”, “soupe”, Dutch “soep”. These terms refer to a “sop” or […]

Big Government

BGS_page

  Old word(s) used in a new sense/jargon: n. government which is perceived as bloated, over bureaucratic, and/or too invasive into the lives of citizens. Primarily used in North America   Etymology: It is thought that the term emerged sometime during the Great Depression as a means of describing the American welfare state created by […]