10 new words added to the dictionary that will depress you
After the Oxford English Dictionary announced that its latest edition would include the words: 'Yogalates', 'moobs' and 'YOLO' - we didn't hold out much hope for what the Collins dictionary would roll out. In a year that has been as painful as it has been long, the new phrases to supposedly be included in serious parlance are a reminder of how little we've learned as a species.
Words like: the hibernating of 'Hygge' [pronounced"Hoooooogah"] pinched from the cool Scandis. The doughnut burgers and cheesy chili insane fries that make up 'Dude food'. Not to mention the political embarrassments, from 'Brexit' to 'Trumpisms'.
Here are our pick of the Top 10 new words that make Keanu Reeves sad.
Brexit: The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
Hygge: A concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing
Mic drop: 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
Trumpism: (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 American national interests (2) A controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump
Throw shade: To make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner
Sharenting: The habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc. of one's children
Snowflake generation: The young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations
Dude food: Junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc. considered particularly appealing to men
Uberization: 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
JOMO: Joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one's current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun