New Words

Vax

Vax is the Oxford English Dictionary Word of the Year for 2021; it is an abbreviation. All types of shortened words and phrases are technically abbreviations, but we generally use this term to denote shortened words—for example, Dr. in place of Doctor, etc. in place of et cetera, A.D in place of anno Domini, lbs. in place of pounds, AK in place of Alaska. Abbreviations have become much more popular because of the immediacy of communicating in emails and text messages. …

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Deepfake

Deepfake is a new word and a closed compound word. We will examine the meaning of the word deepfake, its etymology, and some examples of its use in a sentence or two. A deepfake is an image that uses artificial intelligence technology to generate images in which the original human face is replaced with another human face. The purpose of deepfake technology is to fool the viewer, either for the amusement of the consumer or to spread misinformation. The issues concerning the …

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Ghosting

Ghosting is an old word with a new definition that has been added to most dictionaries. We will examine the definition of ghosting, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences. Ghosting is the practice of ending an relationship by failing to respond to emails, texts or phone calls, to end a relationship by seeming to disappear. Ghosting is abruptly cutting off all communication and contact with someone without explanation. People who ghost in this manner …

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Bromance

Bromance is a relatively new word believed to have originated in the 1990s. Bromance is a portmanteau. We will examine the definition of the word bromance, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences. A bromance is a platonically close friendship between one male friend and another male friend. A bromance is not a romantic relationship or romantic love, it is a heterosexual friendship between men. Many men have a special guy friend or particularly close …

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Muggle

Muggle is a relatively new word with some interesting history. We will examine the definition of the word muggle, where it came from, and some examples of its use in sentences. A muggle is someone who is uninformed concerning a particular activity, someone who does not have a particular skill, someone who is not part of a particular social or professional community. The word muggle, as it is used today, was coined by J.K. Rowling in her Harry Potter series …

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Helicopter parent and lawnmower parent

The terms helicopter parent and lawnmower parent are recent editions to the lexicon that are used to describe a change in social mores. We will examine the definitions of helicopter parent and lawnmower parent, where these expressions came from, and some examples of their use in sentences. A helicopter parent is a mother or father who is prone to hover over his or her child, to be overprotective or to be overly invested in his or her child’s life and …

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Newbie vs noob or n00b

Newbie and noob or n00b are words that may be found in the dictionary with similar meanings, but very different connotations. We will examine the difference between the definitions for newbie, noob and n00b, their etymology, and some examples of their use in sentences. A newbie is a person who is inexperienced in a particular realm, someone who is new to a situation or organization. The term newbie is believed to have been derived from the word newie that was …

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Confirmation bias

The term confirmation bias has recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, though it has been in use for some time. We will examine the definition of the expression confirmation bias, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Confirmation bias is a cognitive bias that is the tendency for a person to only consider ideas and facts that bolster his beliefs and conclusions. Confirmation bias is a trait of human nature that even intelligent …

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Hive mind

Hive mind is an expression that was first used in the 1950s, but its usage has grown in the last several decades. We will examine the definition of hive mind, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A hive mind is a collective mentality, the collective ideas of a group of people. The idea is that this collection of ideas, thoughts, and opinions appears to spring from one source, when in reality, it is an …

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Dad bod

Dad bod is a new word that entered the lexicon in 2015, and its origin is traced to a particular writer. Dad bod is a compound word, which is a word derived from two separate words used together. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their evolution, compound words may acquire hyphens between the two words. When a compound becomes a closed compound word, which consists of two words joined …

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