Trending Words of 2018

Trending Words of 2018

How Many of these terms do you know? The top 2018 buzzwords revealed- Trending words of 2018

It is that time of the year again when we look at the words that are not necessarily new but have made an Impact over the course of the year.

Every year, about 1,000 new English words come into use. The English language is fast at adapting to the changing world and, as it evolves, these new words appear from many different walks of life.

whether you are a language maven who keeps up with all the latest linguistic developments or someone with a casual interest in the way language changes, In 2018, the selection ranges widely over contemporary society and its preoccupations, from politics to fashion, and from health to technology.

1. French Tuck 

Having part of your shirt tucked in and part of it hanging loose, it might just be due to lack of time or attention to detail, but in 2018 it became a fashion trend. Courtesy of style guru Tan France, who popularized the term “french tuck”  via the US reality TV series “Queer Eye” Suggesting that it can give an air of casual sophistication to what you are wearing.

2. Sidebar 

A sidebar is a narrow area to one side of a website or printed page which gives extra information. However, sidebarring as a for distracted use of a mobile phone whilst talking seems more likely inspired by US courts of law, in which a sidebar is a conversation between lawyers and the judge which is not heard by the jury. 

3. Digiplomacy 

The word digiplomacy is a blend of digital and diplomacy. it popped up in 2018 as a reaction to US President Donald Trump’s surprising tendency to use Twitter as a means of communication with, and about, other political leaders. 

4. Techlash 

The word tech-lash is a blend of technology with the word backlash, which describes a strong, negative reaction to something that has happened in society. Techlash hit the topical spotlight in 2018 amid concerns about data breaches compromising the personal information of millions of Facebook users. 

5. Ninja

The term ninja is a Japanese word with the literal meaning ‘spy’. In feudal Japan, a ninja was a warrior with special skills, hence the word’s now popular figurative use to refer to an “expert”  in a particular domain.

6. Glamping 

The word “glamping” first appeared in the United Kingdom in 2005 and was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2016. The word is new, but the concept that “glamping” connotes, that of luxurious tent-living, is not.

7. Webisode

an episode (= one part) of a television series that is available only on the Internet; a short video on the Internet used to promote a film/movie, television program, music video, etc.

The term webisode (a portmanteau formed from the words ‘web’ and ‘episode’) was first introduced in the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2009

8. Photobomb

Everyone loves to take a selfie – but who is that random person pulling a funny face in the background? They just photobombed you!

In 2014, “photobomb” was named Word of the Year by Collins English Dictionary.

9. To binge-watch (v.)

To watch multiple episodes of a television series in rapid succession

The word’s usage was popularized with the advent of on-demand viewing and online streaming. In 2013, the word burst into mainstream use when Netflix started releasing episodes of its serial programming simultaneously.

In November 2015, the Collins English Dictionary chose the word “binge-watch” as the word of the year

10. Youthquake (n.)

A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

‘Youthquake’, OED’s word of 2017, is typically used to describe the increased engagement and participation of young people in politics. It looks and sounds a lot like ‘earthquake’, which gives a sense of destruction, disruption and change.

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