As my readers are well aware that this is the time of the year when I come up with the top 10 New English Buzzwords of the year. English words that created a buzz around.
Last year when we published Trending words of 2018, we were overwhelmed with the kind of responses we got from the readers.
Readers, any language be it an English, German or Hindi, It is always changing. The language that we are speaking today is different than yesterday and it will be different tomorrow.
Professor David Crystel a leading linguist variously argues that the English language has already crossed more than a million words count. English seems to have more or less twice as many as Chinees, 10 times as many as French.
He further says out of all the million words or whatever that number be 80% of them are scientific or technological words.
Readers, the following new English buzzwords may not be necessarily new. However, these words have made a profound impact over the course of the year. As always with a new vocabulary blog, I have given some useful tips on how to learn new words & become an instant user at the end of the article.
-Have you ever seen a person asking for money on the road to fund their continuing travel plan? well, that’s who we call “begpacker”.
The begpackers are western tourists who try to fund their continuing travel by begging for money on the streets of countries that are much poorer than the countries they come from.
Although the word has been in use for quite some time now, however, it is only on 1st October 2019 that the word was officially added in the Macmillan Dictionary.
OED still doesn’t have this word. This article “People In Asia Are Sick Of Western ‘Begpackers’ Asking Locals To Fund Their Travels For Them” has detail information about the begpackers and how this trend is growing. Therefore, we have put the work on this list of English buzzwords 2019.
PM Modi went plogging at Mahabalipuram beach. Plogging is an international workout trend. It involves jogging or walking while picking up trash.
Plogging was started in Sweden in 2016. Plogging is a combination word of “jogging” & “Plocka up”, which is a Swedish word for “Pick up”.
The word plogging has been added to the list of English buzzwords 2019 keeping its widely used in recent times.
It has found its way in the Dictionary on 6th August 2019.
This word could prove to be quite useful. In a world where we are bombarded by information. it’s very easy to feel overwhelmed. We hardly have time to watch the complete reporting or read the details.
Any witty or pertinent summary of a situation, be it spoken or written, can be described as an upsum.
The word cakeism became popular in 2016 in the context of Brexit negotiations. Cakeism describes the situation of having two good things at the same time when in reality, having one of these things should preclude having the other.
Many of you would have read the fairy tale of Goldilocks & three bears as a child. The cleave use of the proper noun Goldilocks is of course inspired by the 19th-century children’s story ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’, one of the most well-known fairy tales in the English language.
It is used to describe a situation in which a particular set of qualities or conditions are or have to be exactly right.
‘With headboards, it can be a real Goldilocks situation, too small and you lose your shot at making an impact. Too big and it makes your bed look like it’s taking over the room.’
This is an interesting one. When you contact or contacted by your former boy- or girlfriend over the Christmas period, aka have been Marleyed.
‘MARLEYING: the dating trend that sees exes appearing out of the blue at Christmas … 11% of singles say they’ve been Marleyed, the study of 4,054 adults across the UK revealed.’ published by Independent.
This word has been in use for quite some time. However, its popularity grew only in 2019 when netizen started to seize on the latest cultural zeitgeist.
it is described as “a person who is initially viewed positively by the media but is then discovered to have something questionable about them which causes a sharp decline in their popularity”.
Chewbacca Mom and Keaton Jones were all victims of the milkshake duck.
When a shopper research a product online but goes into a physical store for the evaluation & purchase. A pool found out that 68% of the shoppers webroom.
‘Webrooming: the new world of online shopping … It has become common for customers to research items at home and then buy them at – or have them shipped to – a local shop.’ ” GUARDIAN.
Let me put it very simply- stuffocation is the feeling of being overwhelmed and weighed down by material things, mostly things that you don’t need anymore.
‘Whether you’re feeling stuffocated and plan to list your trash to see if it takes anybody in the online market as must-have treasure,… the options for selling unwanted items via the Internet is broad’ TELEGRAPH
If someone gaslights you, you essentially start to doubt your own reality. you are manipulated psychologically in a way that you begin to question your own perceptions & memories.
The word has created enough buzz. So it deserves to be added in the list of English buzzwords 2019.
‘In the simplest of terms, gaslighting is the act of using misinformation and persuasion to make others question what they know to be true, to make them distrust their own memory and instincts, for your own gain.’ GQ
Now, top tips to learn a new English word & improve your vocabulary. Having a decent size of the vocabulary is one of the keys to speaking English fluently. Even if you know the grammar, if you don’t know the correct words to express yourself, you will find it difficult to speak fluently.
The following are the top 3 ways of learning vocabulary that helped a large number of people I have trained over these years of a training career.
Learn 5 Words In a Day- limit yourself to 5 words per day. Don’t try to memorize a dictionary in a day. Remember consistency is the key. You could set a target for yourself that you would learn 5 words every day under any circumstances.
Learn Nearby Words- don’t learn words in isolation. Always learn a new word with its nearby words. This practice helps you become a comprehensive user of a word.
Listen & Read- Once you have learned new words the next thing to do is to read a text where the learned words would possibly be used. Or you could listen to a podcast on the topic that would possibly have your target words. You could do both as well.
Keep checking this space for more tips to improve your vocabulary.
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