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Ghosting

Ghosting is an old word with a new definition that has been added to most dictionaries. English is a living language, which means it changes over time. New words are constantly entering the language, evidenced by the Oxford English Dictionary’s policy of adding English words to their lexicon quarterly. There are many avenues for a new word to enter into use. New words or phrases may be coined from existing words. Old words take on new meanings. Words may be borrowed from other languages. We will … [Read more...]

Bromance

Bromance is a relatively new word believed to have originated in the 1990s. Bromance is a portmanteau. Portmanteaus are words constructed from the blending of two existing words. English is a living language, which means it changes over time. New words are constantly entering the language, evidenced by the Oxford English Dictionary’s policy of adding English words to their lexicon quarterly. There are many avenues for a word to enter into use. New words may be coined from existing words. … [Read more...]

Muggle

Muggle is a relatively new word with some interesting history. English is a living language, which means it changes over time. New words are constantly entering the language, evidenced by the Oxford English Dictionary’s policy of adding English words to their lexicon quarterly. There are many avenues for a word to enter into use. New words may be coined from existing words. Compound words are words constructed from two existing words that when put together, form a new meaning. Portmanteaus are … [Read more...]

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 feelings. Helicopter parents are an … [Read more...]

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 popular in the 1850s in the … [Read more...]

Confirmation bias

The term confirmation bias has recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, though it has been in use for some time. English is a living language and changes often with the addition of new words and phrases taken from other languages, local regions, and various fields of business and study. 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 … [Read more...]

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 amalgamation of many people's ideas, thoughts and opinions … [Read more...]

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 without any hyphen or space, it has … [Read more...]

Selfie

Selfie is a relatively new word, though it is known and used the world over. We will examine the definition of the word selfie, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A selfie is a photograph of oneself, a self-portrait, usually taken with a smartphone or webcam, that is then shared through social media such as Snapchat, Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, etc., usually with a hashtag. Some people earn their living by taking selfies with their cell phones, posing with products … [Read more...]

Bokeh

Bokeh is a Japanese word. It is a loan word. Loanwords and loan phrases are terms that have been taken from other languages and used as English words and phrases. Another term for a loanword is a borrowed word. Loanwords and loan phrases come into the English language when English speakers come into contact with other languages and cultures. A foreign word evolves into a loanword when it is adopted into the vocabulary of the average English speaker, not just English speakers who come into … [Read more...]

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