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NEW WORDS IN ENGLISH

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Recently-coined English words, terms and expressions with their meaning.


The English language is notoriously fast in adapting to the changing world.
New words enter English from every area of life where they represent and
describe the changes and developments that take place from day to day.
Here are some words and expressions that have been coined in recent years.

Word Meaning
Nonfrontational Avoiding conflict or confrontation.
Nonliner Someone who rarely or never uses the Internet, usually because they cannot access it.
Noogler New Google employee
Notspot An area where there is slow Internet access or no connection at all.
Noughties The years between 2000 and 2009 which contain a 'nought' (zero), in the same way as other decades are called the 'thirties', 'sixties', etc .
Offshorable Something that can be done or produced in another country, especially at reduced costs.
OH Abbreviation of 'other half', a person's wife, husband or partner.
Omnishambles A totally mismanaged situation characterized by numerous blunders and miscalculations.
Onesie A one-piece garment for adults, rather like a baby’s sleeping suit, usually made of soft material and worn for relaxing or sleeping.
Optics The way a situation appears to the general public, or the impression it gives.
Outernet Traditional media (newspapers, magazines, radio, television) as opposed to the internet.
Overparenting Being excessively protective of one's children in order to guarantee their safety and ensure their success in life.
Oversharing Providing too much information on the Internet (credit card details, personal information, etc.) especially through social network sites.
Overworking class A segment of today's working population where there is a desire or need to work long hours.
Password fatigue Being tired of having to remember a large number of passwords for different electronic devises.
Password wallet An online service where a person’s passwords can be stored and managed.
Paywall A system which restricts access to a website, or certain webpage content, to users who have paid a subscription.
Phablet Blend of 'phone' and 'tablet'.
A large smartphone that can be used like a tablet computer.
Photobomb Intrude into the background of a photograph just before it is taken.
Pig ear
Pig's ear
Pieces of metal fixed to the edge of low walls, ledges, benches, steps etc. in urban areas to prevent skateboarders from sliding or jumping on them. These are also called “skateboard deterrents” or “skatestoppers”.
Pixie cut A short hairstyle for women in which the hair is cut around the ears and cropped in layers so as to create a tousled effect.
Podcast Derived from 'pod' (from Ipod) and 'broadcast'.
A digital file (radio, audio etc.) available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device.
Quintastic A blend of the adjective 'fantastic' and the prefix 'quin'. An informal way of referring to a person who is aged fifty or over but remains sexy, smart, energetic and successful, especially someone famous. In August 2011 President Barack Obama became a quintastic.
Rat tail / rattail A hairstyle, usually for men, with a long thin strip of hair growing down from the back of the head, with the rest of the head shaved or the hair cut short.
Recessionista Popular new term for a person who succeeds in dressing stylishly on a tight budget.
Ringtone The sound made by a mobile or cell phone to indicate an incoming call.
Road rage Aggressive habits often resulting in violence against other drivers.
Robocall Commercial telemarketing call which plays a recorded message.
Sandwich generation A generation of middle-aged people who have to care both for their  children and their elderly parents.
Screenager A young person or teenager who spends a lot of time in front of the computer screen.
Selfie A photograph that one has taken of oneself (for example a photograph taken with a smartphone).
Selfie stick A metal stick (usually extendable) which holds your phone or camera and allows you to take a selfie photograph from a distance.
Shabby-chic Cottage-style decor achieved by using worn or “distressed” furniture and neutral-coloured fabrics, or new items suitably treated to appear old and look comfortable. The result is an elegant overall effect.
Shrinkflation A situation where a manufacturer sells a product containing less in size or quantity for the same price.
Sip and See (party)
Sip n See
A party to celebrate the birth of a baby during which guests can socialize while sipping their drinks and admiring the new arrival. 
Sindie Single income now divorced.
Sitcom Blend of 'situation' and 'comedy'. A drama, on television, based on humorous everyday situations.
Site scraper Software that collects content from other sites (without permission).
Skort A pair of shorts with a flap of material across the front
(and sometimes the back) to make them look like a skirt.
Slumdog Very poor, underprivileged person who lives in an overcrowded squalid area of a city called a slum
Smartwatch A watch that can be used as a phone or a computer, with a small keyboard.
Smirt Blend of 'smoke' and 'flirt' Smoking prohibition laws have led to a new sort of social pastime : 'smirting', smokers getting to know each other when outside on the pavement.
Snail mail The standard system of delivering mail which is very slow in contrast to electronic mail.
Social supermarkets Supermarkets that offer discounted food exclusively to those in
poverty. The food is donated by retailers and manufacturers. The food is cheap because it may be mislabelled, have damaged packaging or be nearing an expiration date, but it is still edible.
Sofalise/sofalize Stay home and use the internet, phone or other electronic device to communicate with people (social networking, chatting, tweeting, etc.), rather than go out and meet them face to face.
Solopreneur A person who is the owner of their business and runs it alone.
Spiraliser/spiralizer A kitchen appliance used for cutting vegetables into long thin spagetti-like strips.

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