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Autocloterrocation (n)

Definition

The art of educating oneself by browsing the internet.  This is typically done by watching videos on YouTube, browsing Wikipedia or reading the news.  Nothing is said of the quality of the information obtained and the term may be used derisively and sarcastically, often when mockingly applied to others.

Etymology

Autocloterrocation is a portmanteau and monstrous mash-up of the prefix auto- (self), cloud (a reference to the World Wide Web), interrogation and education.

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Articipointment (n)

Definition

The notion that the anticipation of going to an art gallery or exhibition is often more exciting than the actual art installation itself, which often turns out to be shit.  This is often applicable to the Arnolfini art Gallery in Bristol.

Etymology

Articipointment is a portmanteau of art, anticipation and disappointment.

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Agrobabelbabble (n)

Definition

The notion of a benign and probably mundane conversation in a foreign language that one doesn’t speak – let alone understand – sounding like an altercation, often due to the intonations of the exchange coming across as aggressive in the listener’s own mother tongue.

Etymology

Agrobabelbabble is an ugly mash-up of agro (a bastardisation of aggro), babble (alluding to unintelligible speech) and Babel (alluding to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, which obviously didn’t really happen).

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Anonynomination (n)

Definition

A game played with at least two people, where you gather in a public space and assign names to strangers around you whilst hypothesising about the subject’s private life, their likes and dislikes, friends and family.  The subject is obviously unaware that they are being watched or talked about at all times.  The game gives an insight into your fellow players’ mind, their prejudices and perception of names and their meanings.

This simple game can be played in the pub, at the station, on the Tube or anywhere else for that matter.  Consumption of alcohol makes this game more fun – especially Ruddles at ÂŁ1.09 a pint.

Etymology

Anonynomination is a portmanteau of anonymous and nomination (used in the sense of naming something or someone, often in the process putting them forward for something, such as a presidency).

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Assistocranioreflexpothesis (n)

Definition

A thought experiment where one imagines a scenario and then imagines what each and every single one of their friends would do in that situation.  This is often done when evaluating one’s life and wondering who one’s true friends are. 

Etymology

Assistocranioreflexpothesis is a portmanteau of to assist, cranio- (alluding to thought), reflex (alluding to an automatic response) and hypothesis.

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