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2010 Lexicon: 11 new words that entered our vocabulary this past year

1. true belieber \troo bih-leeb-er\ n. (2010): Self-designative term adopted by mega-fans of Canadian entertainer Justin Bieber. Males identifiable by side-swept haircuts, high tops and hoodies. Females known for fierce loyalty and pathological bouts of hysteria. Natural habitat: Twitter. (See also: Bieber Fever)


2. Giambroner \jam-brohn-er\ n. (2010): Any scandal of a sexual nature that involves a couch. Named after former mayoral candidate Adam Giambrone, whose campaign for mayor of Toronto was thwarted after it was discovered that he had been engaging in horizontal activity on his office sofa with a woman who was not his live-in girlfriend. (See also: Clintonastrophe)


3. Drake-over \dreyk-oh-ver\ n. (2010): In reference to the hotel, not the Degrassi-star-cum-rapper (though, come to think of it, that kind of works, too). The term entered local dialect following a number of Drake-related expansions in 2010, including two new General Stores and a new barbecue hut just east of the original Queen West location.


4. fake lake \feyk leyk\ n. [emphasis: ~of gravy] (2010): Newly emerged shorthand for wasteful government spending. Named after a $2-million faux water body that served as the centrepiece of the international media centre for journalists covering G20 and G8. (See also: $5.5-million fence, $1.1-billion security).


5. Tru-dean’t \troo-did-nt\ n. (2010): A significant lapse in judgment causing offence to others. Named for Trudeau family Christmas card featuring Canadian member of Parliament Justin, his wife, Sophie, and their two young children wearing coyote fur hoods and draped in an animal fur blanket.


6. McSheen \muhk-sheen\ n. (2010): The romantic pairing of Canadian actress Rachel McAdams and Welsh actor Michael Sheen. Yeah, yeah, it’s not as catchy as McGosling, but Rachel has moved on, and so should we. See recent snaps of Canada’s sweetheart snogging her new beau at LAX.

 

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