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dresshopping

participle; blending
The common female practice of trying on dresses but never seeming to buy one.
 
This term is usually used in a sarcastic manner. Even though it indicates shopping, dresshopping is specifically pronounced as two separate words: “dress” and “hopping,” to create the image of moving from dress to dress and never settling on a final choice. This neologism was probably coined by someone flustered by another’s inability to select a dress after several agonizing hours of shopping.
Etymology : A blend of the words “dress” and “shopping” or possibly of the words “dress” and “hopping.” The spelling makes it difficult to tell if "hopping" was selected only because it was so similar to "shopping," or because it indicates constant movement.
Source : Sister. “She’s gone dresshopping again.” November 28, 2008
Last modified: 4 December 2008


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