12. Neologisms

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 24 日 in Logology

Neologisms are newly coined words or expressions. For example, Oxford University Press USA always publicizes certain new words which best represent the trend and atmosphere of the year, such as selfie (2013), omnishambles (2012), unfriend (2009), credit crunch (2008), carbon footprint (2007), and Sudoku (2005).

  1. cheapuccino = inexpensive, inferior cappuccino usually bought from a vending machine

  2. gate rape = phrase for pat downs by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) at airports

  3. hathos = feelings of pleasure from hating someone or something

  4. juvenoia = a baseless and exaggerated fear that the Internet and social trends are having seriously negative effects on children

  5. mouse potato = someone who spends an excessive amount of time on a computer

  6. paperphilia = a preference for reading material that is on paper and not on a computer screen; those individuals are paperphiles.

  7. pity friend = on a social networking site, a person whose friend request you accept out of pity

  8. singlism = workplace discrimination against unmarried employees; the negative stereotyping of unmarried people

  9. smirting = flirting while outside a building to smoke

  10. soul patch = small growth of beard under a man’s lower lip

  11. starting marriage = short, first marriage and divorce ending with no children, no property, and no regrets

  12. tombstoning = jumping or diving into water from a dangerously high perch, such as a tall bridge.

Learn more about Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year (WOTY):

  1. WOTY FAQ: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year-faq/

  2. WOTY 2013: http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/11/word-of-the-year-2013-winner/ & http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2013/11/an-infographic-of-selfie/




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