Friday, January 16, 2015

Oh man!

While sitting at home, feeling sorry for myself with a bout of man-flu, this article about a curious phenomenon called manterrupting popped up on Twitter. Apparently, manterrupting is when males interrupt women in meetings and/or co-opt (or bropropriate*) their ideas as their own.


It's a man-word like these explained here by Stan Carey on the MacMillan Dictionaries blog and makes use of the man- prefix that has become so productive in recent years. So far we've had...

  • mansplaining: patronising explanations delivered by men to women of things that women probably already know more about (Urban Dictionary definition here)
  • manspreading: sitting on public transport and spreading one's sweaty flannels in order to secure more seat space (Collins Dictionary definition here)
  • manscaping: removing unsightly body hair to make oneself more attractive (Oxford Dictionaries definition here)
  • manslamming:aggressive pavement action involving a man barging into people (often women) who he believes to be in his way (explained and illustrated in The Daily Telegraph)

But what others can you can come up with? A couple of possible ones suggested on Twitter have been:

manterpreting: (a male way of interpreting a woman's words...although when @sooze8968 suggested this I perhaps did my own manterpretation of it).
manter: (pointless chat amongst men possibly making them both late for whatever)

Any more?


*And I'm also doing just that, because Sally Flower at Colchester was the first person to mention some of these this week. Anyway, I can't help it: I'm a man and it's in my genes. 


1 comment:

Hugo said...

Three bots have been collecting words from Twitter since 2013. They've looked for certain sentences and extracted the X.

@lovihatibot -- "I love/hate the word X"
@nixibot -- "X is not/isn't/ain't a word"
@favibot -- "X is my new favorite/favourite/fave word"

In alphabetical order, here's the 185 words they've found starting with man, some of which qualify as man-words:

man
man's
manaconda
manage
manageable
management
manager
managerial
managering
managerish
managership
manaita
manaka
manana
manarchism
manarchist
manarchists
manbaby
manband
manboat
manboob
manbun
mancake
mancandy
mancave
mancer
manchacha
manchester
manchild
mand
mandals
mandate
mandated
mandation
mandatory
mandelfie
mandem
mandemz
manderstand
mandingo
manditorium
mandolized
mandy
mane
manegment
maneurysms
maneuver
manfant
manfetti
manfidence
manflu
manfriend
mang
manga
mangaks
manganèse
mangape
mangela
mangerines
mangia
mangificent
mangify
mangina
mangirrrling
mangled
mango
mangos
mangosteen
mangrove
manguish
mangy
mangyari
manhi
manhole
manhood
manhunt
mania
maniac
maniacal
maniacally
manic
manically
manicle
manicorn
manier
maniest
manifest
manifestate
manifestating
manifestation
manifesto
manigga
manikan
manikin
manila
manilla
manimal
manimony
maninism
manipul8te
manipulable
manipulate
manipulated
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manipulatives
manipulize
manish
manism
mank
manke
mankey
mankind
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manky
manlet
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manliner
manliness
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manlyer
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mannaman
mannequin
manner
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mannerible
mannerism
mannerisms
manners
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mannitol
manniversary
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manny
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manosphere
manpad
manpain
manparts
manpussy
manraj
mans
manscaping
manservant
mansion
manslaughter
manslut
mansome
mansperience
mansplain
mansplained
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manspread
manstealer
manstripper
manstruating
mant
mantastic
mantecado
manter
manther
manties
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mantitties
mantlers
mantra
mantrum
manufactroversy
manufactured
manufacturers
manureisms
manveries
manwhore
many
manyer
manyuchi
manzelish
manziel
manzielish
manzzzzzz


Breakdowns by bot here: http://laivakoira.typepad.com/blog/2015/01/manwords.html