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. A compound word is a word derived from two or more separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two or more separate words, and are called open compound words. An open compound word …

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Permaculture

Permaculture is a word that was coined in the 1970s; the Oxford English Dictionary recently added it to the dictionary as a new word. Permaculture 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 its lexicon quarterly. There are many avenues for a word to …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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. 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 …

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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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