Like the most useful Pokemon, language is constantly evolving, matching our ever-connected world. In fact, so many of the new words to enter the Oxford English or Merriam-Webster dictionaries are related to the digital age. From slang terms to movie references, our vocabulary is becoming more eclectic with every passing year. Let’s take a look now at some of the more unusual, and bizarre, additions.
Beemer – Are you lucky enough to own one?
‘A car or motorcycle manufactured by the company BMW’
Bouncebackability – Do you have it?
‘(especially in sport) the capacity to recover quickly from a setback.’
Cyberslacking – Are you guilty? I think we all are.
‘A person who uses their employer’s Internet and email facilities for personal activities during working (more ing words) hours.’
Fuhgeddaboudit – Pardon?
Simply ‘Forget about it’ in US informal.
‘If you think you’re going to get a cab, fuhgeddaboudit’
Gaydar – We’ve heard it said many a time and now (More things that start with n) it’s official!
‘The supposed ability of homosexuals to recognize one another by means of very slight indications.’
Grrrl – Yes queen.
‘A young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive.’
Haligonian – What all this all ‘aboot?
A native or inhabitant of the Canadian city of Halifax in Nova Scotia.
‘Haligonians have wanted a new race track since the 1980s’
Lookism – Never judge a book by its cover now.
‘Prejudice or discrimination on the grounds of a person’s appearance.’
Mardarse – A brilliant one from Northern England‘A sulky, petulant, or grumpy person.’
‘He is just a mardarse who doesn’t like being taken away from his food’
Riffage – One for you metalheads out there.
‘Guitar riffs, especially in rock music.’
Screenager – Most people nowadays.
‘A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet.’