Significant growth in substantial uniqueness

In this marvellous post, Tim Phillips rails against the proliferation of meaningless filler words in media releases. Vague non-words like significant and substantial look like they’re telling us something, but they aren’t. They’re useful for people who have a deadline but no clear idea what they’re writing about; or people who know the numbers, don’t…

Neologism of the week: shitkansen

Shitkansen (n) A slow or low-quality train. Portmanteau of ‘shit’ or ‘shitcan’ + ‘shinkansen’, Japanese high-speed train. Earliest Googleable usage: December 2008. Dennis Vranic Japan has Shinkansen, we have SHITkansen Often used in reference to the Sydney-to-Newcastle train journey (eg, Aaron Hewett and Marcus Westbury).