Saturday 3 December 2016

2016 in words - Collins Dictionary announces its top 10 words of the year

Published 03/11/2016 | 14:15

'Mic drop' has been added to the Collins Dictionary top ten words of 2016
'Mic drop' has been added to the Collins Dictionary top ten words of 2016

Collins Dictionary has released its top 10 words that defined 2016.

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'Brexit' has been named the word of the year by Collins Dictionary, thanks to a dramatic increase in usage following Britan's shock decision to leave the EU in June.

'Trumpism' (derived from the name of US presidential nominee Donald Trump) came in second place, followed by the Danish trend 'hygge' at third.

Other words include 'mic drop' and 'JOMO' (the opposite to FOMO: fear of missing out).

Here's the ten words with their full definitions:

Brexit (ˈbrɛɡzɪt) noun: the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union

dude food (ˈduːd ˌfuːd) noun: junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc considered particularly appealing to men

hygge (ˈhyɡə) noun: a concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing

JOMO (ˈdʒəʊməʊ) noun acronym: joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one’s current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun

mic drop (ˈmaɪk ˌdrɒp) noun: a theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance

sharenting (ˈʃɛərəntɪŋ) noun: the habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc of one’s children

snowflake generation (ˈsnəʊfleɪk dʒɛnəˌreɪʃən) noun: the young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations

throw shade (ˌθrəʊ ˈʃeɪd) verb: to make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner

Trumpism (ˈtrʌmpɪzəm) noun: (1) the policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of US national interests (2) a controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump

uberization (ˌuːbəraɪˈzeɪʃən) noun: the adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology

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