Cablinasian, n. In 1997 golfer Tiger Woods identified his ethnicity as Cablinasian, a blend of Caucasian + black + Indian + Asian. The word never really caught on, but it certainly contributed to awareness of people with multiple ethnicities.
Must have missed that one. And if a word doesn’t catch on I’m not sure how much it can really contribute to awareness of people with multiple ethnicities simply because most people will be completely unaware of the word’s existence.
Divx, n. Divx, or digital video express, was a short-lived video format that allowed users to play a video a limited number of times, one of the many technological attempts to reconcile the new electronic media with old business models.
I was just about to say that Divx is alive and well when I realized that the popular codec for videos is DivX. Wikipedia differentiates the old video format by writing it DIVX.
mack, v. This slang verb has a long history. It goes back to the nineteenth century in the sense of “to work as a pimp,” and is probably from the French slang macquereau meaning “pimp.”
Does Brecht’s Mack the Knife from Die Dreigroschenoper have reference to this? Is he called Mack in the German text?
Prince Albert, n. This name for a piercing through the glans of a penis makes its debut back in 1977. The term comes from a highly dubious story about the consort of Queen Victoria having one.
Queen Victoria would not be amused.