Three-peat

One of the many new coinings that begin in sport and then cross over to other contexts, three-peat is a portmanteau word, a blend of three and repeat.  Quite simply, it means winning a championship, race or other competition three times. If they are consecutive wins, even better.

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Lydia Ko gets the three-peat, winning the Sticky Bunker Golf Championship for the third year running!

 The backstory to this term is that it was registered as a trademark in 1989 by the coach of the Lakers basketball team.  There have been several legal challenges to this on the grounds that the word is too generic (too much in everyday use as a noun describing a general state or situation) to qualify as a trademark but so far, its status remains.

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Rap singers and the more creative have shifted three-peat over to other achievements like having sex with three different people in the same day/night/weekend/week (You choose when you use it!)

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Sheeple

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This blended or portmanteau word seems to be gaining ground fast if online news and websites are any indication.  Obviously it is a mix of sheep and people and describes the masses that are easily led, relatively unthinking and undiscerning. Conformists and obedient.

Let’s put the mistake the army made with the bomb down to terrorism and the sheeple will believe it.

Taylor Swift started wearing lederhosen and, like sheeple, all the teenage girls and boys have gone out to buy a pair.

There is an older term “lemmings” which was in fairly common use.

Whatever the head of the club said, the fans went and did it like a bunch of lemmings.

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Apart from the fact that most people have a very vague idea of a lemming (it is a rodent, similar to a vole), the characteristic of being a lemming was rushing blindly into destructive behaviour like throwing yourself off a cliff.  So I guess being likened to a sheep is a little more benign.

 

Mansplaining

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This word has been around for a little while but is picking up in usage. It is a portmanteau word blending man and explain and describes the way that a man will condescendingly explain something to a woman in the belief that she won’t or doesn’t understand and needs informing.

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A recent example occured in the multi-award winning film La La Land in which the hero decides to give his new girlfriend a potted history of jazz music, which she of course couldn’t possibly have known about. Some commentators have denied this on internet saying that Ryan Gosling’s character was simply talking about his passion. You decide!