By: Sarah Gayda
There's never been a more exciting time to be a word nerd. The pace at which new words are coming into being is rapid and exhilarating — and keeping me on my toes.
- Humblebrag — A statement intended as a boast or brag but disguised by a humble apology, complaint, etc. Very common on social media. For example, "Uggggh, I just ate about 15 pieces of chocolate. Gotta learn to control myself when flying first class or they'll cancel my modelling contract LOL."
- Virtue signalling — To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else. For example, changing your profile picture to show your support for victims of a terrorist attack instead of donating any money or time.
- Slacktivism (closely associated with armchair revolutionary, armchair warrior, clicktivist and virtue signalling) — Actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort or risk. For example, students engaging in slacktivism by signing an online petition.
- Manel (the latest version of man terms following the likes of mansplain, man bun, murse, mankini and manscape) — An all-male panel of speakers.
- Bae (confession: this one only makes my top five because when I say it, I get instant looks of disdain and cries of disgust from my kids) — A person's boyfriend or girlfriend.
New words related to Donald Trump could fill a full-size dictionary of their own. A few good ones:
- Modern-day presidential
- Trump Acceptance Resistance Disorder
- Post-truth (Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016)
Another phenomenon to keep an eye on is the changing meaning of words, usually driven by pop music and teen culture. Think you know what these words mean? Test yourself — the definitions may surprise you.
Happy word nerding.