Each year the Oxford English Dictionary adds a selection of new words – and 2018’s entries are officially here. In fact, there’s more than 1,000 of them. To qualify for the list, there must be several independent examples of a word being used and evidence it has been in use ‘for a reasonable amount of time’, so you may very well have heard some of them before.
To help keep your vocabulary up to date, we’ve had a look at the new additions and found the words and phrases you really need to know…
A blend of the word ‘man’ and ‘explaining’, defined as a man needlessly explaining something to a woman in a condescending manner.
Hangry is a portmanteau of ‘hungry’ and ‘angry’, describing being irritable as a result of hunger (we’ve all been there).
While snowflake used to be described children with a unique personality, it’s now used as an insult to describe someone who is overly sensitive or feels entitled to special treatment.
A gift given to a woman shortly after she has given birth, typically by her spouse or partner.
Time devoted to doing what one wants, typically on one's own, as opposed to working or doing things for others, considered as important in reducing stress or restoring energy.
The process of making something less global and more regional in nature, focus, impact, etc. It’s widely used to describe the periods of history when economic trade and investment between countries decline.
Bold self-assurance in style or manner; an air of great self-confidence or superiority.
Pump & Dump
To express and discard breast milk, typically following the ingestion of alcohol or medication that might be harmful to an infant.
A type of malicious software designed to block access to applications or files on a computer system until a sum of money is paid. Last May, the NHS fell victim to this type of software during the WannaCry cyber attack.