18 Words From 2018: Part 1

18 Words From 2018: Part 1

Welcome to a brand-new year!

It’s January, which means it’s a great time to review the past year while looking forward to what’s ahead! At this time of year, it’s easy to find “year-in-review” lists of songs, films, and news’ stories, but what about words?

Which words best sum up 2018?

We’ve created a two-part round-up of 18 words from 2018.  Each year the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries publish lists of recently added words and phrases. For a word to be added to the dictionary, it has to reach a certain threshold of usage or relevance; so many of the words that were added this year have been used for a number of years already. In part one of this series, we’ll be taking a look at some of the many words, phrases, and abbreviations added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 2018.

(Note that definitions are taken from the Merriam-Webster Dictionary).

New Words and Phrases

  1. TL; DR: Too long; didn’t read. If there’s an abbreviation that best represents 2018, it’s TL; DR. We have access to more published information than ever before, and it’s simply impossible to have enough time to read it all.
  2. Hangry: This clever combination of hungry and angry describes the very relatable state of being irritable or angry because of hunger.
  3. Force Quit: To force an unresponsive computer program to shut down. This term was first used in 2001 and has been gaining in popularity ever since.
  4. Airplane Mode: An operating mode for an electronic device in which the device does not connect to the wireless networks and cannot send or receive communications. We’ve been putting our phones on airplane mode since the invention of the smartphone, and finally this year the term was officially added to the dictionary.
  5. Instagramming: This word, meaning to post a picture on Instagram, is a good example of how social media is creating new words and changing our language.
  6. Iftar: A meal taken by Muslims at sundown to break the daily fast during Ramadan. Words related to foods and eating comprise most of the new words being adopted by English from foreign languages.
  7. Mise en place: This noun, borrowed from French, describes a culinary process in which ingredients are prepared and organized before cooking.
  8. Generation Z: The youngest generation to be named, Generation Z is comprised of people born in the late 1990s and early 2000s. 
  9. Biohacking: This futuristic-sounding word describes biological experimentation (as by gene editing or the use of drugs or implants) done to improve the qualities or capabilities of living organisms especially by individuals and groups outside of a traditional medical or scientific research environment. Doesn’t this sound like something out of Frankenstein? 2018 has taken us to some wild places!
  10. Predictive text: Another word brought to us by evolving technology, predictive text will be familiar to anyone who has started typing on their phone and then seen suggestions of words to write next.  

Do you have a favourite word from this past year?

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Stay tuned — next time we’ll be finishing our list of 18 words from 2018.