Monday, 23 January 2017

Chillax instead of bash-tagging!

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.
Some can be found in official dictionaries; others may never make their way there, but new words will continue to appear as the English language adapts to innovations and trends. 

Here we look at some new and interesting words.

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.

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-watch: Watch multiple episodes of a TV programme in rapid succession.

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.

Breadcrumbing: A navigation technique which helps users by displaying a list of links to the pages they have visited when exploring a website,

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.

Buzzkill: Something or someone spoiling an event that people are enjoying.

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’.

Chillaxing: Blend of 'chilling' and relaxing'. Taking a break from stressful activities to rest or relax.

Click bait: Put something on a website that will encourage visitors to click on a link.

Clickjacking: Tricking Internet users into clicking on hidden links.

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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