English, just like any other language, continues to grow. One sign of this growth is the addition of new words each year. To qualify, a word needs to be used for a reasonable amount of time and in numerous independent examples before it is added into the dictionary. These words reflect the changes in pop culture, technology, politics, etc. Here are five of the new words added in 2018:
Clickbait (n) — content (on the Internet) whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page
Snowflake (n) — an overly sensitive or easily offended person, or one who believes they are entitled to special treatment on account of their supposedly unique characteristics
Adorbs (adj) — arousing great delight; cute or adorable
Swag (n) — bold self-assurance of style or manner
Binge-watch (v) — watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming
I have personally checked all these words on Oxford English Dictionary (OED), thus all definitions that appear here are exactly the ones that you will find on the said source.
Expect more words to be added in the coming years and also those that will eventually fade in usage. Next time, we’ll be discussing words in English that are either no longer in active use or have now become rare. Don’t miss it!