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In the news – bachelorette

© Stephen Coburn / Fotolia.comIf you are a fan of reality TV shows (I’m not exactly!), then you’ll be happy to hear that a new series of Bachelorette has started.

This mainly American English term is not new of course, but it’s seen many synonyms and probably more antonyms emerge of late. You only need to scan our Open Dictionary new entries page to see the latest addition: freemale. Other examples of words indicating a shift in traditional gender stereotypes include the well-established metrosexual, and the perhaps less widely used boyzilian and manliner.

The word’s most frequent collocation (word(s) it occurs with) is party (aka as a hen party in British English) and there are many websites out there which give advice on how to organise one that will be remembered.

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