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.


Acrobranching An adventure sport involving acrobatics in trees using zip lines and climbing harnesses.
Affluenza A blend of ‘affluence’ and ‘influenza’. A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, stress, anxiety, etc.

A form of tourism in which tourists stay on farms or in agricultural villages, and often participate in farm activities.

Alcopop Fruit drinks fortified with alcohol, designed and marketed to appeal to young people.
Amazeballs Used to say that you find something extremely good, very enjoyable, impressive, etc.
Analysis paralysis The total inability to reach a decision due to over-analysis of a situation.
Anklington Blend of the words ‘ankle’ and ‘wellington’. A short wellington boot.
Anonymouse  Anonymice People who wish to remain anonymous when they give information, essentially because they are afraid of scandal or retribution.
App Abbreviation of ‘application’, software that performs a specific task.
Applepick Steal someone’s iPhone.
Audiophile Person who loves and collects high-quality audio equipment.
Avatar A graphical image representing a person for example on the Internet.
Baggravation Blend of the words ‘bag’ and ‘aggravation’. A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers’ bags have.
Bashtag A bashtag is a hashtag (#) that is used to make critical or abusive comments on social networking services such as Twitter.
Binge drinking Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short space of time, or drinking to get drunk.
Binge thinking Thinking excessively about a problem in a short period of time.
Binge-watch Watch multiple episodes of a TV programme in rapid succession.
Bitcoin Digital currency which allows payments to be sent from one party to another without going through a financial institution.
Black Swan An extremely rare and unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence.
Bloatware/fatware Pre-installed software that occupies a lot of space, leaving little memory for storing personal data.
Blook A blend of ‘book’ and ‘blog’ :  a book written by a blogger.
Bookaholic A compulsive book buyer or a prolific reader.
Brain waste The problem of skilled immigrants who are forced to accept positions far below their educational level in their new country is known as “brain waste”.
Breadcrumbing A navigation technique which helps users by displaying a list of links to the pages they have visited when exploring a website, for example:  home >>vocabulary>>transport.
Brexit Blend of ‘Britain’ and ‘exit’. The departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
Brick 1) An early model of a mobile phone with limited functionality. 2) A smartphone or other electronic device that is broken or has  ceased to function.
Brinner Blend of ‘breakfast’ and ‘dinner’. A meal served in the evening consisting of food usually eaten at breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, etc.).
Bromance Blend of ‘brother’ and ‘romance’. A close non-sexual relationship between two men.
Bureaucratese A derogatory term for language used in businesses and bureaucracies which contains long sentences and complex words that are obscure or difficult to understand.
Burkini or Burquini Blend of ‘burqa’ and ‘bikini’ A swimsuit worn by Muslim women which covers the whole body i.e. the arms to the wrist, the legs to the ankle, with a hood to cover the hair and neck.
Buzz Excited interest or attention surrounding, for example, a new invention, a recent event or something that has become fashionable.
Buzzkill Something or someone spoiling an event that people are enjoying.
Buzzword A new word or expression that is commonly used in specialized work environments or age-groups, and has become fashionable. Terms used in advertising can often convert into buzzwords and become widely used
Buzzworthy Describes what is likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public.
Cage sandals A type of sandal with a lot of thin straps.
Captcha Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a response is not generated by a computer, in order to prevent spamming.
Carjacking Blend of ‘car’ and ‘hijacking’. When a car driver is forced to give up his vehicle or drive to a destination designated by the attacker.
Carnapper A person who steals a car.
Catfish  A person who sets up a false profile on a social networking site in order to deceive others or for fraudulent purposes.
Charticle Blend of ‘chart’ and ‘article’. A news article that is composed primarily of a chart, image or graphics with just a brief text for additional information.
Chatroom Areas on the internet where people can communicate by exchanging typed messages
Chick lit Books, usually featuring female characters, written by women on contemporary themes and issues that appeal more to women than to men.
Chillaxing Blend of ‘chilling’ and relaxing’. Taking a break from stressful activities to rest or relax.
Citizen journalism News collected and reported by ordinary people, especially through the use of blog software.
Click and collect A shopping facility which enables customers to order and pay for goods online, then collect them from a local branch of the store.
Click bait Put something on a website that will encourage visitors to click on a link.
Clickjack Clickjacking Tricking Internet users into clicking on hidden links.
Cloud computing A computing service which enables access to a shared pool of resources (servers, data storage, applications, etc.) over the Internet. Users can access and use tools or applications through a web browser without having to install them on their computers.
Coatigan Blend of ‘coat’ and ‘cardigan’. A long cardigan or knitted jacket which from a distance looks more like a coat. Designed as transitional wear for autumn weather before a heavier coat is necessary.
Content farm A website that publishes large amounts of low-quality content, or content copied from elsewhere, in order to attract visitors and improve its search-engine rankings.

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