New year, new words

With the new year comes more new words and their meanings.


I love words, and I love the evolution of the English language enabling it to not just survive, but thrive.

In January, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) published its latest update listing more than 1,100 new words, senses, and subentries that have been added. These include full words and initialisms from across the spectrum.

Here are just some of them:

•Hangry – grumpy due to being hungry (I can relate to this one!).
•Hazzled – when something is dried, especially by the sun.
•Me time – time spent alone doing things you enjoy.
•Ransomware – a type of malware designed to block access to computer files until a sum of money is paid.
•Selfy – self-centred and selfish.
•Snowflake – someone who is overly sensitive or easily offended.
•CIO – cry it out.
•TTC – trying to conceive.

The OED publishes four updates a year with the next one being in April.

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Claire Dee

Director and founder of business consultancy Claire Dee Communications.

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