18 Words from 2018: Part 2

18 Words from 2018: Part 2

Do you remember when we gave you 10 of our new word picks from 2018? If not, you can go refresh your memory here. We’ll wait. Ok — ready? Let’s continue and complete our list with 8 more noteworthy words, phrases, and expressions from last year.

Remember that each year the Merriam-Webster and Oxford English Dictionaries publish lists of words they have added or newly defined. For a word to be added to either dictionary, it has to reach a certain level of usage and relevance, which is why, on the following list, you’ll definitely see words you wouldn’t automatically think of as “new.” In part 1 of this series, we covered new additions to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Today, we’re looking at words, phrases, and expressions added to the Oxford English dictionary. Please note that definitions are taken from this dictionary.

Words from 2018

  1. fam: Increasingly, we are recognizing that families come in all shapes and forms. This abbreviation for family can be used to describe people who are not one’s actual relatives, but instead, close friends or fellow members of one’s peer group. 
  2. snowflake: This word refers to more than just snow. A newly added definition in 2018 describes a snowflake as someone who is overly sensitive or easily offended.
  3. asana: Reflective of the growing popularity of yoga, the Oxford English Dictionary welcomed this Sanskrit term to describe a posture adopted in performing hatha yoga.
  4. CrossFit: The name for this high-intensity fitness program incorporating elements from several sports and types of exercise was officially added to the dictionary in 2018.
  5. destigmatize: In 2018, the media was full of stories on the importance of accepting ourselves and removing shame and stigma from conditions such as mental illnesses. So it makes sense that this term, meaning to remove the negative associations from (something once regarded as shameful or disgraceful) made it into the dictionary.
  6. swag: Derived from swagger and attributed to lyrics from the song “December 4th” on rapper Jay-Z’s The Black Album (‘My self-esteem went through the roof, man. I got my swag’), this newly added word describes bold self-assurance in style or manner.
  7. me time: This compound term refers to time spent doing what one wants instead of working / doing things for others. The connotation is a positive one, with the Oxford English Dictionary describing me time as “a healthy form of psychological self-care.”
  8. deglobalization: With growing skepticism over international institutions, this term, which dates back to 1968, is salient. It refers to the reversal  or decline of globalization and its effects.

Do you think these words fit 2018?

Would you say you had “swag” and took sufficient “me time” last year?

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