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Cowan reveals new urban lingo

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The author of the Dictionary of Urbanism, Rob Cowan, has revealed fifty new additions to his ever-growing resource.

The new terms cover architecture and design and include weird and wonderful terms such as big-bang architecture, brick venerealand cocktail-party syndrome.

Other areas looked at include delinquency - exemplified by Glesga kissand happy slapping- and planning and development, which features the phrases green waveand junkscape.

Cowan's extraordinary verbal collection also takes in urban recreation, with terms such as guerrilla gigand urban golf.

Cowan said he was constantly amazed by the speed with which new words are generated. 'The rate at which new terms come into use is astonishing,' he said. 'Some add to the richness of the language, others contribute to nothing but the spread of jargon.

'Officials and specialists will continue to bamboozle us unless we demystify the language,' Cowan added.

To add to the list or view the new additions, visit


by Ed Dorrell

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