almost alcoholic

(名詞) 跟酒鬼差不多的人:出現若干與酗酒或酒精中毒有關的症狀或行為,但尚未達到酒鬼程度的人。
almost-alcoholic (形容詞):跟酒鬼差不多的。

The almost alcoholic zone is actually quite large. The people who occupy it are not alcoholics. Rather, they are men and women whose drinking habits range from barely qualifying as almost alcoholics to those whose drinking borders on abuse. One thing we do know about them is that the more their drinking correlates with the above statements the more likely they are to drift further into the almost alcoholic zone.
—Joseph Nowinski and Robert Doyle, "Are You Almost Alcoholic? Taking a New Look at an Old Problem," The Atlantic, April 2, 2012

Traditionally alcoholism has been understood as a black-and-white condition. Just like it’s impossible to be a little bit pregnant, it's long been considered that a person must be either an alcoholic or not an alcoholic. Yet the mood is shifting as various shades of grey emerge and some experts claim that there may be an entire spectrum of possibilities that lie between the non-alcoholic and the alcoholic state.

Welcome to the world of the "almost alcoholic".
—Shelley Bridgeman, "Are you ‘almost alcoholic’?," The New Zealand Herald, December 10, 2013



(名詞) 伊波拉恐懼症:對伊波拉病毒強烈和莫名的恐懼。亦寫成 Ebola-phobia, Ebola phobia。
Ebolaphobic (形容詞):罹患伊波拉恐懼症的;導致伊波拉恐懼症的。
Ebolaphobe (名詞):伊波拉恐懼症患者。

There is a new term used by doctors on the front line of the battle to control the worst Ebola outbreak the world has seen: Ebola phobia.
—Jeremy Laurance, "Ebola outbreak: We know the disease is killing people, but is the panicked response killing people too?," The Independent (London), August 1, 2014

We are using public transportation, dining in restaurants, sending our kids to school and drinking city water right out of the tap.

We are not unhinged by Ebolaphobia.
—Jacquielynn Floyd, "Floyd: Good sense will inoculate you against Ebolaphobia," The Dallas Morning News, October 16, 2014



(名詞) 在等候醫療檢驗 - 尤指核磁共振 (MRI) 或電腦斷層掃瞄 (CT) - 結果出爐之前內心的焦慮和煎熬。亦寫成 scan-xiety。這個字是由 scan + anxiety 拼綴而成。

And as traumatic as it can be, scanxiety is better than the alternative: being dead, so there's nothing to test, and no odds to wonder about.
—Xeni Jardin, "Scanxiety, or how waiting for cancer tests makes you crazy," BoingBoing, March 8, 2013

In mid-April, she had another cancer-free checkup with her oncologist. She will now have MRI scans to look for new tumors every year instead of every six months.

"It's an amazing step in our healing journey, as it can be nerve wracking to go through the 'scanxiety' every six months," says Teicher.
—Erin Ellis, "Mother finds unique way to share her cancer story with others," The Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), April 26, 2014



(名詞/形容詞) 灰姑娘整形手術 (的) - 為了讓雙腳在穿上高跟鞋時顯得更好看或者能穿上特定款式的名牌鞋所動的「削足就履」手術,包括改變腳趾的長度、除去腳趾的囊腫等。

For Dr. Sadrieh (who was wearing made-to-order Gucci brogues), foot surgery is a fusion of medicine and fairy tale. At his practice, you don't have a bunionectomy; you have a Cinderella procedure.

"I had never met a patient who asked for a hallux valgus correction with osteotomy and screw fixation," he said. "So I decided to create a name that captures the result of the procedure, without all the Latin. The point of the Cinderella: being able to put a shoe on that didn't fit comfortably before."
—Laren Stover, "Make Them Fit, Please!," The New York Times, April 22, 2014

Women of the world, you probably know this moment, too: You ask the polite shoe salesman to bring you that snakeskin lace-up stiletto or navy ballet flat in a 9 or 7 or whatever, and he brings a shoe that's two sizes too small, purring a coy, "It's the only size left, do you want to just trrrrrry it?" It’s a valiant effort, but inevitably you gawk, like, "What, am I supposed to just cut off my toes to fit into that?"
—Natalie Matthews, "This 'Cinderella' Foot Plastic Surgery Is Terrifying," Cosmopolitan, April 25, 2014



(名詞) 一隻或多隻腳趾過度肥大。亦寫成 toe-besity。這個字是由 toe + obesity 組合而成。
toebese (形容詞) 一隻或多隻腳趾過度肥大的。

Thanks to new medical-spa specialties described this week in The New York Times, women whose feet are too wide to fit into skinny pumps, or who suffer from the scourge of what is being called "toebesity," can simply get a foot facelift or toe tuck.
—Renée Loth, "The agony of the feet," The Boston Globe, May 3, 2014

According to Look magazine the 33-year-old, who tied the knot with Kanye West in a lavish Italian ceremony on Saturday, had 'toebesity' liposuction on her feet so she could ease them into her shoes pain-free.

Toe lipo, also nicknamed 'a Loub job', is a procedure to remove a small bit of fat so your toes can fit better into pointy stilettos without pinching.
—Bianca London, "Did Kim Kardashian have a 'Loub job' before her wedding?," MailOnline, May 27, 2014


sitting disease

(名詞) 坐太久或經常坐著所引起的體重增加、心臟病及其他健康問題。

In a 13-year study that analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women, scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana found that people who sit most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.

And get this: The so-called "sitting disease" affects smokers, nonsmokers, dedicated exercisers and healthy eaters. This is just one of many studies to crop up in recent years with similar evidence.
—Lauren Ennis, "New year, new you: 13 healthy habits to adopt in '13," Fort Worth Star-Telegram, January 3, 2013

Prolonged sitting, it turns out, flips biochemical switches inside muscle cells that boost your odds for heart failure, up your risk for fatal heart disease by 27 percent and fatal cancers by 21 percent, even if you exercise regularly. ...

Fortunately, the way to cure sitting disease is simple: Wake up your muscles (especially the big ones in your legs, butt and core) with just two minutes of movement every 30 minutes!
—Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz, "You Docs: Stand up to 'sitting disease' at home and work," The Roanoke Times, February 25, 2014


bikini medicine

(名詞) 比基尼醫學 - 重點完全放在女性胸部及生殖系統的醫療措施、醫學研究及醫療資金或經費。

Scientists and doctors have just begun to study women's health outside of the typical reproduction studies. There are decades of "bikini medicine," the practice of studying only the reproductive health of women, that need to be redirected.
—Lauren Hendriksen, "Speaker: Women's health about more than reproduction," The Daily Utah Chronicle, June 14, 2012

Today, we speak with a leader in the field of women's health and when you hear that term, you could be forgiven if you thought reproductive health. Some people even called it bikini medicine because, for so long, the focus of research and medical practice seemed to be almost exclusively on the areas of the body you'd cover with a bikini.
—Michel Martin, "Women's Health: More Than 'Bikini Medicine'," NPR, March 25, 2013



(形容詞) 胖得快樂的。這個字是由 fat + happy 組合而成。

I actually returned to WW after a 10 month hiatus recently. I met someone lovely who became my bf and I got fappy (fat + happy) but really more Fazy, basically.
—SassyFatFriend, "My daily points are 38. That's a lot. I actually...", Lose the Fat, Keep the Sass, May 9, 2013

The once buffed up Tatum was the first to say that he's "fat and happy" today as he is enjoying some "down time" after working for two years straight. His wife even has a name for his new look and demeanor combined. He is "fappy," which is short for "fat and happy," he explained.
—Roz Zurko, "Channing Tatum is one 'fappy' fellow: Tells Ellen why he's so 'fat and happy',", February 7, 2014



(名詞) 臉基尼 - 在海灘作日光浴時所戴的防曬面罩。亦寫成 face-kini。這個字是由 face + bikini 所構成。

Scared that your day of fun in the sun on a beach will scorch your skin and leave your face ugly and pigmented? Or that the harsh UV rays will destroy your pale skin? If so, here's the newest beachwear trend called the 'facekini' that has come to your rescue.
—Asha Chowdary, "Get yourself a facekini!," The Times of India, September 12, 2012

While not as attractive as the sexy swimsuits from which it takes its portmanteau — quite the opposite, arguably — the "facekini" is intended to preserve women's good looks.
—Xie Chuanjiao, "Ski masks become sea masks in Qingdao," China Daily, July 23, 2013



(形容詞) 讓人欲罷不能地狂吃的或狂看的 (尤指食物或電視節目)。亦寫成 binge-able

Fast-forward another decade, and we're living in a golden age of binge-watching, as streaming video services like Netflix and Hulu Plus replace DVDs as the binger's medium of choice. If you get caught up in "Breaking Bad" (or any number of other bingeable shows), good luck extracting yourself.
—Ben Zimmer, "Keeping a Watch on 'Binge-Watching'," Word Routes, August 9, 2013

"The next interesting step I think is the binge-able documentary, where stories are watched in multi-part episodes adding up to five or six hours instead of as a single two-hour film," said Andrew Jarecki, the Oscar-nominated director of the well-regarded nonfiction feature "Capturing the Friedmans."
—Steven Zeitchik and Dawn C. Chmielewski, "Netflix enters Oscar race with move into original documentaries," Los Angeles Times, November 5, 2013