Gender-fluid, an adjective first recorded in 1987, now refers to a person who doesn’t identify with a single fixed gender.
Moobs is the chiefly British colloquialism, first recorded in 2001, used to describe unusually prominent breasts on a man, typically as a result of excess pectoral fat.
First used in 1998, ‘Westminster bubble’ describes an insular community of politicians, journalists, and civil servants, who appear to be out of touch with the experiences of the wider British public.
A feast of food-related terms have also made the latest update, which includes cheese eater and cheese-eating, chef de partie and chef de cabinet, as well as chefdom – a noun meaning the overall fact, state, or positioning of becoming a chef.
Cheeseball has also been added, to describe someone or something lacking taste, style, or originality; or the breaded and deep fried cheese appetizer.
Another new addition is Bocconcini, which can denote any small items of food, also means balls of mozzarella.
And fans of Greek food will be pleased to see the inclusion of the spinach and cheese stuffed filo pastry pie, spanakopita.
Foodie words from South East Asia have also made their way into the update, with the addition of the Malaysian or Indonesian dish, rendang; the flat rice noodle dish stir-fried in soy sauce and shrimp paste, char kway teow; and the Filipino oxtail stew with a peanut-based sauce, kare-kare.
Other interesting additions include ‘fuhgeddaboudit’ – a US colloquialism, associated especially with New York and New Jersey, reflecting an attempted regional pronunciation of the phrase ‘forget about it’ – used to indicate a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.
Yogalates – what when Pilates exercises and combined with the postures and breathing techniques of yoga – is also included along with YOLO, a popular acronym used on social media, meaning ‘you only live once.’
Michael Proffitt, chief Editor of the OED, said the latest update includes more than 1,000 revised and updated entries and around 1,200 new senses.
He added: “This confirms the OED as one of the largest and longest-running language research projects in the world.”
The OED is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 829,000 words, senses, and compounds – past and present – from across the English-speaking world.
DSTRKT in London’s West End is the place to be if your someone like Drake or Rihanna, but if your a bit too fat or a bit too dark, this isn’t your place.
Last weekend, , Zalika Miller, Lin Mei, Reisha, and Tasha Campbell wanting to get their dance on headed to the trendy club at #9 Rupert Street.
When the ladies arrived at 10 pm they were told the club was full. How so nevah other women were allowed to enter.
Needing some clarity (quick,fast and in a hurry!)
Mei said,Ugo Allessio, the manager, requested the women line up against a wall across the street so he could look them over via closed circuit TV. Several moments later, the promoter, known as Daniel, came back and said that although he thought the women were attractive, his manager disagreed. “Daniel came over to me and stated it’s because the girls are too dark,” Mei explained via email. “When I told the girls they were disgusted.”
When Mei (who is biracial) confronted Allessio for being offensive, he conceded that she and another friend could come in but the two would have to be left behind.
The Power of Social Media!
This isn’t Over!
Facebook, Instagram, the local papers, the BBC and the New York Papers, these ladies were serious.
On social media, dozens of other partygoers – including BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Sarah-Jane Crawford – said they had experienced racist door policies at high-end clubs.
DSTRKT (no comment)
Westminister City council, that licenses the venue, Dstrkt, said it was concerned by the allegations and said anyone who had been affected should report their complaints to the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
The management said: “DSTRKT restaurant and late night lounge has always operated an anti-racist door policy.
“It condemns any type of racism or discrimination by customer or staff. “They said, they conducted a through investigation and at no point did staff say the women wouldn’t be allowed in on the basis of skin color or size. “Comments made by external promoters to the women or in general have nothing to do with Dstrkt and aren’t deemed acceptable,” it said, adding that the women had been denied entry on Saturday because the club was fully booked.
They posted a statement of their Facebook page which said it has “always operated an anti-racist door policy and it condemns any type of racism or discrimination by customers or staff”.
The club posted pictures from inside the club of two of the women concerned on a previous visit, though Mei said she had never disputed that she had been allowed in the club previously.
The club’s management also said: “At least two of the women who made the complaint against DSTRKT, Lin Mei and Zalika Miller, have been allowed entry to our venue in the past as can been seen on Lin Mei’s Instagram account @linmeitalks from 12 weeks ago which showed a picture of her enjoying herself at our venue with two other friends and the message stated ‘… And again #nightout #dstrkt’.
“It appears that this message has now been deleted from her account but this clearly shows that the only reason she was turned away on the night of the 26 September was that the club was fully booked due to its popularity. ”
A Billion Years Ago
For five days my friend Jennifer and I stood in line at New York’s Studio 54. The people making the decision of who gets in were beyond cruel. They would tell people they were too ugly or fat and despite these insults, most people remained in line. It was degrading and exciting and watching Limo’s and Rolls Royce’s pulling up to the club. One night we saw Mrs Bianca Jagger and Sally Kellerman enter the club. It was fun to watch pretenders step out hourly Limo’s, confidently handing the men folded hundred dollar bills and then escorted to the end of the line with date in tow. If there was a couple they would allow one of them to go inside. Cruel, terrible right? Who would do that?
On a drizzling Saturday night. It was a threesome, my friend her boyfriend and me. After 45 minutes we were near the front, we knew we weren’t getting in but at least we could see the celebrities up close. One of the men said two of us could go in. I assumed, they meant Jennifer and her soon to be husband . Nope! Before I could argue, Jennifer went in without saying anything to her stunned boyfriend or me. Then the man looked at me as if the say your going in? I didn’t know what to do.. Ah, bye.
Not sure how are why I was let in, I was clearly the big (non celebrity) man inside. It was wonderland, filled with beautiful people. I danced holding in my stomach as much as I could. The only negative was the bathrooms (co-ed) filled with nasty water and cigarettes.
We closed down the club and went to Chock Full of Nuts Restaurant for french fries and coffee and talked the night away about our experience. Arriving at the apartment, her boyfriend locked us out. We rode on the subway until he went to work. He didn’t speak to us for a few of days.
Sources: Uk Mirror, UkGardian, undergroundgazette,
The girls of the UK’s first transgender beauty pageant give the secrets to their looks including the secret “tape and tuck
By: Boudicca F0x-Leonard and Nicola Bartlett/UK Mirror
Head to toe in glitz as they strut down the makeshift catwalk, it’s all broad smiles and swishing gowns for the contestants in the UK’s next big beauty pageant.
Fourteen glammed-up hopefuls are here for one final bootcamp before the rivalry gets real.
But there is something that makes these stunning women special… they were all born men.
The air thick with hairspray, steam rises as Charli Darling, 38, from Salford has her hair styled into a halo of dark brown curls.
Akiko Obillo is squeezing into a glitzy cocktail dress helped by her friend, Vanessa Lacsamana, 40, from London. “It fit me yesterday,” pleads the 20-year-old, rearranging the diamante top.
In the make-up chair being put through her paces, Ashley Chadha, 18, learns to style her long blonde hair extensions.
For these girls, this is not just about putting on some slap and a blow dry – for some it has taken years to bravely step out on to this catwalk and take part in Miss Transgender United, the nation’s first trans beauty contest.
“Transgender girls don’t get the opportunity to do this sort of thing,” says organised Rachael Bailey, 35, who founded Miss Transgender United and has put in £20,000 of her own money to make it happen.
“We’ve never had this many girls together before, they are absolutely buzzing. But it does mean we get to see all their personalities.”
Kara Malik, the diva of the pack, has arrived late and is scrolling through her phone. “This is how I want my hair,” she tells the stylist, pointing to a photograph of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
The 23-year-old from Manchester has come with her own tiara and is adamant she will look like a star.
A professional make-up, hairdresser and catwalk coach are on board to help, and Kara is not the only one determined to dazzle.
Vanessa, her hair in large rollers, slips into a beaded orange gown to get in front of the camera.
Originally from the Philippines, the NHS cancer nurse is no stranger to the catwalk and has already won a host of international beauty titles.
She is quick to take Ashley, the baby of the group, under her wing, helping with the huge train on her dress – actually, a bridal gown.
The youngster, from London, excitedly shows off a pair of glamorous Kurt Geiger shoes bought for the occasion. “I’m not sure I’ll be able to walk in these,” she confesses, slipping on black trainers instead.
There are no trainers to be seen as Melanie Hayes, the reigning Miss Cardiff, sweeps in to put the girls through their paces.
The catwalk expert teaches them to walk the walk. At first, Jennifer Lopez Gomez struggles. “The key is to keep walking – never stop or you’ll tangle,” coaches Melanie.
In the make-up room tips are being given by hair and make-up pros Amanda Clarke and Oona Connor. Some of the girls have grown their own hair long, while others go for wigs, weaves or extensions. Amanda explains how styling can be used to soften the jaw line.
Jennifer, the Caitlyn Jenner of the group – at 57, only two years into her transition – still has a lot to learn. Oona advises against the pink eyeshadow she has paired with bright pink lippy and a pink dress.
Competition for the mirror is strong. “Who is prettier?” one asks as insecurities bubble to the surface.
But it does not stop many flaunting their boobs, and even a flash of designer vagina. Fay Louise Purdham, 28, from Newcastle, is proud of her £12,000 bust. “Come and feel them,” she says, strutting in a black string bikini.
For some pre-op finalists, the swimwear stage is all about “tape and tuck”. Rachael reveals: “One friend used to tape everything, then layer two pairs of pants and a sanitary towel. You couldn’t see a thing.”
What is clear is that all the women are at different points on their journey – some years post-op, while others have gone only a few months on hormones. For Rachael the pageant is more than just a beauty competition. She says: “It’s not about who got rid of their back fat or toned up down the gym.
“I’ve already eliminated a lot of girls who think you ain’t a woman unless you’ve got great boobs.”
Still, Charli, eyeing up the slimmer competition, is keen to make her mark. The curvy make-up artist has had a difficult journey.
Tears well up as she explains she has Klinefelter syndrome. Born with an extra X chromosome, she has struggled to be accepted as a woman by her family. The stories are all different but the pain is a common theme – the reason this means so much to all the women.
The London final next month brings together 24 winners from six city heats. After glamming up for the catwalk, they can model swimwear, display a talent or showcase a design creation.
Jai Latto, 22, from Edinburgh – transitioning since April – is already cossie-confident, while Jossy Yendall, 29, from Newcastle, is shown how to do a victory roll with her hair.
She rocks her tiger-print one-piece. “It’s from Primark,” she confides. Sport-mad Chloe-Louise Fearn, 25, will show off her keepie uppies in high heels, and brave Fay will performa fire trick – on stilts. Stage three is evening wear. Joker Fay pushes herself to the front, complaining: “There’s something wrong with my sash – it doesn’t say winner.”
But the £5,000 prize is no joke – it is a chance to speak for the community. “They’ll be going round hospitals and festivals, and will present the LGBT Icon Awards,” says Rachael.
Transgender herself, she knows what each has been through. “I can’t have surgery because I have a heart deformity,” she says. “I feel really proud of every one of them. When they tell their stories, we’ll see some real tears.”
Almost 12,000 people received Disability Living Allowance in Britain last year because they have metabolic disease – the medical term for a combination of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure. Obesity currently cost British taxpayers 9 million pounds a year ($14US)
Nearly one in five British secondary school pupils and a quarter of adults are obese, according to officials figures.
Health experts predict that by 2050 the annual bill for obesity-related illnesses will have risen to £50 billion ($79US), with almost two-thirds of the population obese.
British Prime Minister David Cameron ordered a review , which was announced earlier this year, to investigate how to treat the severely overweight and those suffering from addiction who refused to accept treatment “but expect taxpayers to carry on funding
Tam Fry, spokesman for the National Obesity Forum, said: ‘Successive governments have made life too easy for too many obese people. If the obese have a legitimate cause for their fatness – and there may be medical or genetic reasons – benefits should not be denied to them. But getting long-term benefits simply for over-eating is an insult to society.
Resistance from charities and some doctors is expected. The Tories have routinely been criticized for failing to deal with tax deductions for the richest while cutting benefits for the poorest Brits.
There are voices in Britain who believe Fat People are scape goats. Its agreed there IS an obesity crises in Britain ,but the supposed drain on the economy is overblown .
Bryony Bordon of the Uk Telegraph writes :
The fat are to be blamed for all our ills – from putting a strain on the NHS, to taking up too much space on public transport. The collective hatred for obese people is almost visceral, bordering on sadistic. People actually seem to enjoy taunting fatties; it’s as if without the overweight, a certain section of the population might explode in an orgy of mayhem and murder.
While rich people who are fat are seen as bon viveurs and jolly, everyone else is grotesque and should be ashamed, particularly those living below the breadline, whose bodies are somehow not befitting of their circumstances.
This is not to say we should tiptoe around the fat and avoid the subject; it’s that instead of threatening to take benefits away from people who are ill and therefore vulnerable, we should perhaps seek to find out the underlying causes that have made them that ill in the first place. It is time for a careful, considered approach to obesity, because otherwise there is a real danger of cruelty swallowing us all.