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24 September 2016

Word of the week: Owened

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory.   

By Julia Rampen

In a week where Jeremy Corbyn won the Labour leadership election for a second time, the word of the week is:

Owened (verb)

To be totally publicly humiliated.

Origin:

Jonn Elledge

Usage: 

“LOL, Owened.”

“Corbyn totally Owened Smith when it came to the Isis question.”

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You thought you’d win, but you were Owened.”

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