Friday 24 January 2020

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the latest string of colloquialisms, nouns and adjectives that have edged their way into our modern day vocabulary and their hallowed annals.

The Oxford English Dictionary has announced the latest string of colloquialisms, nouns and adjectives that have edged their way into our modern day vocabulary and their hallowed annals.

New entries include 'YOLO', 'adorbs', 'The Bank of Mum and Dad' and 'cray'.

Unfortunately, this year, no words originating from our mellifluous mother tongue have made the cut.

But Eleanor Maier, senior editor for the Oxford English Dictionary, was quick to highlight some of the distinguished entries our nation has made in previous years.

"Feck, eejit and langer are all relatively recent additions," she said.

"Langer originally was an old English term referring to an extended period of time.

"Since the release of The Commitments, however, it's meaning has become quite different." Indeed.

smouldering screen siren Lauren Bacall was known for her heavy eyelids, husky tones and ability to pull off a lounge suit with absolute ease.

But it was her razor sharp wit that director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan remembers most.

"She was very dry, very cool, quick as a whip and sharp as a tack. She inhabited the room, the quintessential broad."

Feathered fascinators may be de rigueur at race meetings but horse trainer Jessica Harrington has no desire to follow suit.

"Oh Lord no!" she exclaimed at the launch of the Irish Champions Weekend. "I can't imagine anything worse.

"I'd look ridiculous yanking at a girth with a fascinator on. I'll steer well clear of all the frippery and finery."

There's nothing like some passive-aggressive political cat-fighting to liven up these dreary summer months. Fianna Fail's Kate Feeney (pictured) upset several TDs this week when she claimed she was unable "to name a positive role model from Dail Eireann" in the past 20 years.

Not a very controversial claim you might think, but the comment didn't sit too well with the members of the Old Guard - especially Mary Hanafin whose nose was allegedly pushed firmly out of joint.

Hanafin and Feeney have a chequered past to say the least, and this latest contretemps should make things more than a little awkward at the next meeting of Fianna Fail's Dun Laoghaire cumann.

Paparazzi trying to snap some coveted behind-the-scene shots of Love/ Hate were given a rude awakening this summer when cast members started pelting them with rotten eggs.

The actors in question were the extended family of John Conners - who plays the part of pipe bomber Patrick.

"We shot some scenes on the travelling site where I live," he said at the RTE autumn launch. "A few of my family were cast in the show; when they saw the paps they ran after them, threw some eggs and swore blind."

Is that what they call method acting?

mulcahy@independent.ie

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