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Bannister:
It all started with article that must have appeared in many newspapers worldwide (but excluding Warrington) about some new words ... new dictionary. I can't even remember the dictionary, but words included (as others here have stated) 'metrosexual', 'zorb' and 'bling-bling'.

Like "bling-bling" seems to be (even though OUR rappers and rap-wanna-bees invented it), "metrosexual" is much more popular in Britain than it is here.
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Maybe you two do not watch enough television.
From what I have seen, the term became popular after the appearance of a British miniseries called "Metrosexuality".
I am still wondering if there is any qualitative difference between metrosexual and the established terms dandy and fop. Of course there is that embedded "sexual";
maybe that is all of the difference emphasis on the sexual chase. Does dandy imply overdoing not just a
high level of dress, but having doodads on adornments, so much that it looked overdone even to those dressed with the same level of formality? Or is that fop?

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<< (David) Well, it's not made it to the Warrington Guardian. I had (and have) honestly never heard this word ... enough television. From what I have seen, the term became popular after the appearance of a British miniseries called "Metrosexuality".[/nq]
Made in 2001, it seems, and presumably shown here then. It certainly passed me by. Seems to have been a great hit in the US; virtually all the stuff Google finds about it is American.
Presumably, if the Americans like it we will get a second series, whether anybody in this country wants it or not.

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<< (David) Well, it's not made it to the Warrington Guardian. I had (and have) honestly never heard this word ... so much that it looked overdone even to those dressed with the same level of formality? Or is that fop?[/nq]
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I simply had to post on this topic. As Joe would say, "You people are so naive and are living in a timewarp." I really can't see what you have against new words being introduced into the English language. "Metrosexual" is a useful term to describe a straight man who likes to take care of himself and look good. There's no implied "homosexuality" that you might find in the terms "dandy" and "fop." On the other hand, metrosexuality is a trait that many women would find attractive in a man and should be encouraged.

As for never having heard the term used before, watch TV and read! You really can't miss it, especially if you watch MTV. MTV News recently asked Ben Affleck if he considered himself to be a "metrosexual." I think his response was along the lines that he did like to look fashionable but did not go to the extent of getting manicures, etc.
Such terms as "metrosexual" and "bling bling" have been created to fill a gap that exists within the English language. Rather than be met with opposition, they should be accepted. If you don't like the terms don't use them.
Boo:
here's no implied "homosexuality" that you might find in the terms "dandy" and "fop."

Are those racial slurs, ho? I've never heard them.
On the other hand, metrosexuality is a trait that many women would find attractive in a man and should be encouraged.

Who? Butch lesbians?
You really can't miss it, especially if you watch MTV.

Boo, why watch MTV1 when MTV2 is (well..WAS) much better? I even prefer MTV Jams & MTV Espanol to MTV1.
MTV News recently asked Ben Affleck if he considered himself to be a "metrosexual."

He so is! What was up with him trying to be Daredevil in Paycheck, BTW? Super-Affleck?
but did not go to the extent of getting manicures, etc.

I should hope not! WOMEN don't be needing manicures!
Such terms as "metrosexual" and "bling bling"

And "ho" and "crunk" and "all n my grill".
If you don't like the terms don't use them.

Right. Like "racist", "funner", "ho", "***", "valueless", "priceless", and "strateegery".
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Well, it's not made it to the Warrington Guardian. I ... those who live in the centre of our big cities.

It all started with article that must have appeared in many newspapers worldwide (but excluding Warrington) about some new words ... new dictionary. I can't even remember the dictionary, but words included (as others here have stated) 'metrosexual', 'zorb' and 'bling-bling'.

I've also never heard "zorb". I've just got back from Brussels, where I didn't hear it either.

David
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It all started with article that must have appeared in ... included (as others here have stated) 'metrosexual', 'zorb' and 'bling-bling'.

I've also never heard "zorb". I've just got back from Brussels, where I didn't hear it either.

What a coincidence. Last time I was in Brussels, I never heard it either. m.
Such terms as "metrosexual" and "bling bling" have been created to fill a gap that exists within the English language. Rather than be met with opposition, they should be accepted. If you don't like the terms don't use them.

Can you cite any evidence that we have opposed these words? We're simply surprised to find them in lists of "words which have been overused in 2003", since we have never seen them before reading the list.

David
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It all started with article that must have appeared in ... included (as others here have stated) 'metrosexual', 'zorb' and 'bling-bling'.

I've also never heard "zorb". I've just got back from Brussels, where I didn't hear it either.

These stories almost always refer to the OED, but the SOED5 appeared last year.
(Note that the edition order is SOED1 (1933), SOED2 (1936), SOED3 (1944), SOED3revised (1973), NSOED = SOED4 (1993), SOED5 (2003). Perhaps we should drop the "NSOED" abbreviation.)
There we find
bling-bling /blIN'blIN/ (Redupl. of bling, perh. imit. of light reflecting off jewellery, or of jewellery clashing together.)
(The wearing of) exoensive designer clothing and flashy jewellery.

zorb /zO:b/
(invented word)
A (Usu. Z-) A large transparent ball containing an inner capsulein which a person can be secured and then ... travelling in a zorb. * /Zorb/ is a proprietary name in New Zealand (where the sport originated) and Australia.

But we find *no* "metrosexual" entry there.
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