Berniebro: “A white, male Bernie Sanders supporter who haunts Internet comment sections” (Amanda Hess, Slate). “A cohort of intense, sexist Bernie Sanders fans on social media who harass journalists they deem not adequately pro-Sanders” (Adam Johnson, AlterNet). Coined from Bernie (U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, D-Vermont, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president) and bro, a truncation of brother that has come to signify “a male youth subculture of ‘conventional guys’ guys’ who spend time partying in ways similar to each other” (Wikipedia). Also spelled Bernie Bro and BernieBro.
Pantsula: A street dance that originated in the black townships of apartheid South Africa in the 1980s. The dance has been described by one writer as “a cross between hyped-up hip-hip and Irish line dancing.” In the Zulu language, pantsula means “to waddle like a duck.”
Well-being: The state of being healthy, happy, or prosperous (said of people); or of being able to flourish (said of things). First seen in English in the mid-16th century; modeled after Italian benessere.
Well-being is a catchword and linchpin of the billionaire Koch brothers’ campaign to change the way their powerful conservative network – which comprises the energy-and-chemical conglomerate Koch Industries as well as numerous foundations, political think tanks, and tea party groups – is perceived. Jane Mayer, author of a new book about the Kochs, Dark Money, writes in the January 18, 2016, issue of the New Yorker that the Kochs “appear to be undergoing the best image overhaul that money can buy” to help the public forget that they were known until recently as – in the words of the president of the PR firm Reputation Doctor – “the heads of the Toxic Empire.” (Mayer’s New Yorker article is cleverly titled “New Koch.”)
Crowler: A 32-ounce or 750-milliliter aluminum can filled to a customer’s order with beer or cider at a brewery. Also the name of the machine used for making the cans. A blend of can and growler (a 64-ounce vessel, traditionally made of glass, for take-home beer).
Birthmas: A birthday that falls on or near Christmas (sometimes expanded to the entire month of December). A portmanteau of birthday and Christmas, without the religious overtones of -mas (a shortening of mass, the eucharistic service).