Friday 21 July 2017

The Six New Words of 2013

The world's first Papal selfie.
The world's first Papal selfie.

The Oxford English Dictionary words of the year have just been announced.

We list them below – with an explanation.

Binge-watch (verb)

To watch multiple episodes of a television series without a break.

‘Breaking Bad marathons’ would have been commonly used phrase throughout the year

Bitcoin (noun)

A digital currency in which transactions can take place without the need for a central bank

Selfie (noun)

A photograph taken by someone on their smartphone – ‘selfies’ have long been in existence though since the days of Kodak

Schmeat (noun – informal)

A form of meat produced synthetically from biological tissue. Think it’s safe to say there won’t be any schmeat coming to a supermarket near you.

Showrooming (noun)

Visiting a shop or shops to examine a product before purchasing it online

Twerk (verb)

Provocative dancing to pop music – thrusting movements and squatting are features. Think Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at MTV Awards

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