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SELECTORATE

PRONUNCIATION: (si-LEK-tuhr-it)

MEANING: noun: A smaller group of people, as opposed to the general population, involved in picking a person, especially for a political position.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of select + electorate. Both from Latin legere (to choose). Earliest documented use: 1967.
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SELECT ORNATE - choose Rococo

SELECTOR AGE - How old is your Automatic Transmission shifter?

SELECTORATI - the Pulitzer Prize committee

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SHRINKFLATION

PRONUNCIATION: (shringk-FLAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: The practice of reducing the size of products while selling at the same price.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of shrink + inflation. Earliest documented use: 2013.
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SHRINKFLATIRON - a smaller gadget to press your clothes with

SHRIEKFLATION - when you exclaim with horror upon seeing the latest CPI

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FRIZZLE

PRONUNCIATION: (FRIZ-uhl)

MEANING: verb intr.: To make a sizzling or sputtering noise.
verb tr.: To fry until crisp or curled.

verb intr.: To form into small tight curls; to frizz.
noun: A short curl.

ETYMOLOGY: For group 1: A blend of fry + sizzle. Earliest documented use: 1839.
For group 2: Of unknown origin, perhaps from Old English fris (curled). Earliest documented use: 1565.
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FRIZZLEE - the recipient of being crisped and curled (think "bacon")

GRIZZLE - to render streaked with grey, aged, weathered, and slightly unkempt

FRIZZLET - a young frizz

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SLOANE RANGER

PRONUNCIATION: (slohn RAYN-juhr)

MEANING: noun: A young, fashionable, upper-class person.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of Sloane Square (in Chelsea, London) + Lone Ranger, coined by the writer Peter York in Harpers & Queen magazine. Earliest documented use: 1975.
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LOAN ERANGER - Beware brokers bearing gifts

'S LOANER DANGER - what's the risk of using a car dealer's temporary replacement vehicle?

SLOANE RANTER - malcontent MIT B-school student who harangues a lot

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DA LONA RANGER – spaghetti Western

(anagram: RONALD REAGAN)

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FERTIGATION

PRONUNCIATION: (fuhr-ti-GAY-shuhn)

MEANING: noun: The application of fertilizer by adding it to the water in an irrigation system.

ETYMOLOGY: A blend of fertilizer + irrigation. Earliest documented use: 1967.
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FARTIGATION - Something smells rotten in the State of Denmark

FEETIGATION - ditto

FERMIGATION - the creation of a Fermi Gate, a hypothetical wormhole through which an advanced alien civilization could observe our society without being seen - a possible resolution of the Fermi Paradox

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MISOPHONIA

PRONUNCIATION: (mi-soh-FOH-nee-uh)

MEANING: noun: An intolerance of certain sounds, such as chewing, slurping, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek miso- (hate) + -phonia (sound). Earliest documented use: 2001.
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MISOPHOBIA - fear of Japanese soup

MISTOPHONIA - the sighing of the breeze, heard on a foggy morning

MIS-OPTONIA - improper eyeball pressure; glaucoma

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LAWFARE

PRONUNCIATION: (LAW-fare)

MEANING: noun: The use of the legal system to overwhelm an opponent.

ETYMOLOGY: From law + warfare. Earliest documented use: 1975.
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SLAWFARE - side order at the deli

LA FARE - price of a ticket to the West Coast

LOW FARE - airline advertising feature

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GERONTOCRACY

PRONUNCIATION: (jer-uhn-TOK-ruh-see)

MEANING: noun: The system of government by old people.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek geronto- (old) + -cracy (rule). Earliest documented use: 1830. Note that the word senate is, literally, a council of elders, from Latin senex (old).
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IGERONTOCRACY - government as practiced by Disney Inc.

GERONTOCRAZY - senile dementia

GERON TOO RACY - Geron can't have anything scheduled during prime time

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