Noun. - A potentially world-ending event strongly hyped by the media during a short period of time, then forgotten by the public after the world, evidently, does not end. Soon enough it will be followed by a new catastrophe in-the-making. These events often resonate with the public due to widespread popular feelings, such as Nature getting back at Man, scientists going too far, a sign of the End Times, or simply terrorists.
The most successful example in recent times is Maya fever
, which has snowballed into an international cultural phenomenon and lasted for several years.
Hey, wasn't the BP oil spill going to destroy the world because of the methane bubble ready to explode under the Gulf of Mexico? Oh, nevermind.
The current Apocalypse of the month is the new large hadron collider at CERN, which some believe may create a black hole. Of course, this is patently ridiculous.
Verb. - To choose one's friends based on their race in order to end up with a thoroughly multi-ethnic social circle, with the goal of appearing as a sensitive, varied individual who doesn't see color. This is normally carried out by white people. Named after Benetton clothing company ads from the nineties, which were multi-ethnic to a fault. The word is rarely used by those who do it.
An offshoot of quirk hunting
Ever since I told April that I have an Inuit pen pal, she's been begging me to show her his Facebook. She's just Benettonning.
Wesley went to a black mass to try and Benetton his circle of friends a bit. I don't think it's working.
Noun. - A person in between childhood and teenhood, approx. 12-14 years old, mostly used to describe females only. This specific distinction appeared when corporations realized that tweens were a specific, marketable demographic with purchasing power of their own. Now, tween-oriented products such as The Jonas Brothers
and tween lifestyle guides like iCarly
I can't believe this generation! I just saw a bunch of tweens with makeup and miniskirts marching into Forever 21.
The practice of choosing one's friends based on any interesting quirks, hobbies or characteristics they may have, in hopes that having an interesting group of friends will result in oneself becoming interesting. Personality is hardly taken into account. Quirk hunters tend to treat their prizes like accessories and trade them like Pokémon cards.
Vanessa's a real treasure, I tell you. She rides a Vespa to work and has a pet chinchilla.
After three solid months of quirk hunting, Rodrigo had friended a Renaissance fair-loving guido, a Venetian carnival mask-collecting stripper, and an Arts student who wears eighties band shirts unironically!
The tendency of the zombie horror subgenre to become remarkably popular approximately every twenty years, then fade away. Zombie outbreaks have been noted during the mid-eighties and the late zeroes.
So named because the fad behaves like a zombie horde, first appearing as a controlled instance, then escalating while no-one's looking and finally making the leap to the general populace with mass mainstream multimedia. Eventually the fad has no demographic left to consume, and rots away.
Yesterday Isaac spent the whole carpool ride telling me about his zombie apocalypse survival plan in detail. He's totally buying into the current zombie outbreak.
Zombieland, Plants vs. Zombies, The Walking Dead... I've had enough! I hope this zombie outbreak dies off soon.
Noun. - A nerd who is only interested in a very well-defined sub-subset of nerd culture. While nerds are generally believed to like comics, video games, D&D, sci-fi, anime and astrophysics all at the same time, the niche nerd enjoys one or two things and tends to ignore or downright repudiate the rest.
As a niche nerd of extremely refined taste, I find your proposition of going to Comic-Con downright laughable.
Don't bother trying to buy Mick a video game for his birthday; he only likes Japanese RPG's for the Playstation One made during the first half of the nineties.
Noun. - A male (usually young, bourgeois) who considers himself removed from the mainstream
, yet is actually rooted quite firmly in it. Prone to posting Bob Dylan
lyrics as status updates on Facebook
, owning several pairs of Converse
shoes and swearing by his copy of "Fight Club
An alternachick is a female version of an alternadude; the concept is the same but the symptoms may vary. Alternachicks like antique shopping, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower
" and 'photography'.
The terms are often used derisively and in a condescending manner. Often coupled with ironic remarks.
Oh, yeah, Jake's a real alternadude. Spent all lunch trying to impress me with his theories on "Donnie Darko".
Did you see Lois's latest Facebook pictures? They're just a bunch of empty chairs with all this filtering crap going on. She's such an alternachick, that one.