This American Expat in the UK ponders new jargon from across the pond
Posted on June 18, 2009 by peacefulyorkshire
In my imagination, the USA is still the way I left it almost 5 years ago (sigh). Shrek 2 and Meet the Fockers was still on the big screen, those pointy-toed witch shoes with tiny heels were all the rage and Matt Lauer was sans hair-plugs.
Living in the UK and approaching 30 has done it to me. I am just another American expat who is outta the loop with what’s hip and cool in America. In this country, I debate Cath Kidston over Boden, Jamie Oliver over Gordon, or Netto to Tesco’s… and I am slowly leaving behind my knowledge of current American culture. I am loving the new culture… but I have recently heard these current USA phrases and they left me mystified and reaching for Google:
- Fourth meal– The meal between dinner and breakfast, coined by Taco Bell.
- Emo Kid– a teenage kid with hair over their eyes that wears skinny jeans, and skinny black ties. It sounds more complicated then that though judging by the amount online written by teens trying to define it!
- Cougar– Thanks to Expat mum for this new word, which was shouted at her recently. With “Cougar” goes “Cougar Hunting” as well. I guarantee a pissed off man invented this terminology.
- Just Push the Easy Button-- someone told me that Office Max coined that one on television ads. I can’t confirm that one though.
How about you, lovely readers, any words you weren’t in the know about either?? Do dish.