Today my car share partner and I thought we had invented a new word. In fact, a quick Google shows a precedent. It appears in this match report. I misheard her saying “travesty”. I am, however, going to post the first formal definition:
“chavesty n hopelessly naff attempt at grandness, made by members or graduates of the post-Thatcher* British lower classes in an effort to impress their peers, characterized by the aping of the very worst qualities associated with the aristocratic, rich, and/or famous; from ‘chav‘ qv
‘Posh and Becks’ wedding was a complete chavesty.'”
With your help I hope this word will take over Britain by the end of the year. Let’s do it together, people.
*”A man who, beyond the age of 26, finds himself on a bus can count himself as a failure.” (1986)