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Best New Slang Word 


The slang lexicon includes as many words for marijuana and alcohol as the Inuit have for snow, so a new slang word with no ties to mind alteration is a particularly valuable acquisition. And "lightweight" is ever so useful. It roughly translates to "somewhat" as an adjective or "moderately" as an adverb; charmingly, it can be used as an adverb without any fussy addition of "ly." For example, if you heard something new on the radio that was alright but not spectacular you might say, "Yeah, I heard that shit. It lightweight slaps." A fine use of the word comes in the title of a newly sprouted local blog, Lightweight Racist ( The site chronicles instances of discernible but not screaming racism, like a Bruce Lee T-shirt with "Bwuce Wee" printed on it. Don't be fooled by how boring the word "lightweight" seems. Its pedestrian quality only means the slanguist can get ever so much more use out of it. No waiting for special occasions or a rap career to break this word out. Use it anytime, and make a mundane conversation lightweight cool. And that thing about the Inuit? Lightweight racist.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)


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