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@: informal way of responding to, challenging, or disparaging the claim or opinion of (someone)—usually used in the phrase "don’t @ me".

adorkable informalsocially awkward or quirky in a way that is endearing

A-game (n): One's highest level of performance.

a-eastell (prep.): at, in, or to the east of. Cf. "awestell".

agric (adj. and n.): of, relating to, or used in agriculture; = agricultural (adj.). Now chiefly West African.

air fryer: an airtight, usually small electrical appliance for quick cooking of foods by means of convection currents circulated rapidly by a fan.

all-dressed (adj.): denoting food, esp. pizza, that has been prepared with all of the offered toppings, spices, condiments etc.

altcoin: any of various cryptocurrencies that are regarded as alternatives to established cryptocurrencies and especially to Bitcoin

ambigue (n): an ambiguous statement or expression.

amenitize (v.): transitive. To make something more pleasant or attractive. In later use: to equip (a house, area, etc.) with amenities.

amirite: slang used in writing for "am I right" to represent or imitate the use of this phrase as a tag question in informal speech. An example: “English spelling is consistently inconsistent, amirite?”

anaerobic digester (n.): a sealed, oxygen-free tank designed for the digestion of sewage or other organic waste by anaerobic microorganisms.

anglosphere (n): English-speaking countries considered collectively (the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Ireland).

anti-Semiticism (n.): prejudice, hostility, or discrimination towards Jewish people on religious, cultural, or ethnic grounds; = anti-Semiticism (n.).

anti-suffragism (n): Opposition to the extension of the right to vote in political elections to women; the political movement dedicated to this.

Aperol (n): A proprietary name for an orange-coloured Italian aperitif flavoured with gentian, rhubarb, and a variety of herbs and roots.

April Fool's (n): April Fool’s Day (1 April), a day on which tricks or hoaxes are traditionally perpetrated.

ar: Used to express a range of emotions or responses, esp. affirmation, assent, or agreement.

arr: In humorous representations of the speech of pirates expressing approval, triumph, warning, etc.

ASMR (accrnym): autonomous sensory meridian response—is a pleasant tingling sensation that originates on the back of the scalp and often spreads to the neck and upper spine, that occurs in some people in response to a stimulus (such as a particular kind of sound or movement), and that tends to have a calming effect.

assault rifle (n.): originally U.S. A rifle designed for military use that is capable of both automatic and semi-automatic fire, is loaded by means of a magazine.

assault weapon (n.): a weapon designed for use in a large-scale military assault, esp. one used to attack a fortified or well-defended location. Now rare.

astroturf: falsely made to appear grassroots. This figurative use of astroturf (in capitalized form it is a trademark for artificial turf) is used to describe political efforts, campaigns, or organizations that appear to be funded and run by ordinary people but are in fact backed by powerful groups.

athleisure (n): Casual, comfortable clothing or footwear designed to be suitable for both exercise and everyday wear.

atmospheric river: a concentrated band of water vapor that flows through the atmosphere and that is a significant part of the global hydrologic cycle and an important source of regional precipitation

Aucklander (n): A native or inhabitant of city or region of Auckland, New Zealand.

awedde (adj.): Overcome with anger, madness, or distress; insane, mentally disturbed.

awedde (adj.): overcome with anger, madness or distress; insane, mentally disturbed.

awe-inspiringly (adv.): so impressively, spectacularly or formidably as to arouse or inspire awe.

awel (n.): any of various types of hook or hooked instrument; esp. one used as an instrument of torture.

Awendaw (n.): also with lower-case inital. In the cuisine of the south-eastern United States, especially South Carolina: a type of soft, moist cornbread.

awesomesauce (adj.): extremely good, excellent. (opposite: weak sauce)

awestell (prep.): at, in, or to the west of. Cf. "a-west (prep.)" and "a-eastell (prep.)".

awfulize (v.): intransitive. To class as awful or terrible, rare.

awfy (adj.): terrible, dreadful; remarkable or notable.

awfy (adv.): as simple intensive: very, exceedingly, extremely.


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