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The 10 Newest Additions To The Collins Dictionary Are The Most Dispiriting Words In Existence

Hygge! Brexit!

BY Olivia Ovenden | Nov 6, 2016 | Books

After the Oxford English Dictionary announced their additions this year were to include 'Yogalates', 'moobs' and 'YOLO', we didn't have high hopes for what the Collins dictionary would roll out. In a year that has been as painful as it has long, the new phrases to supposedly be included in serious parlance are a reminder of how little we've learned as a species.

Words like: the hibernating of 'Hygge' [pronounced"Hoooooogah"] pinched from the cooler Scandis. The doughnut burgers and cheesy chili insane fries that make up 'Dude food'. Not to mention the political embarrassments, from 'Brexit' to 'Trumpisms'. Here's the top 10 to be read and never uttered aloud:

  1. Brexit: The withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union
  2. Hygge: A concept, originating in Denmark, of creating cosy and convivial atmospheres that promote wellbeing
  3. Mic drop: A theatrical gesture in which a person drops (or imitates the action of dropping) a hand-held microphone to the ground as the finale to a speech or performance
  4. Trumpism: (1) The policies advocated by the US politician Donald Trump, especially those involving a rejection of the current political establishment and the vigorous pursuit of American national interests (2) A controversial or outrageous statement attributed to Donald Trump
  5. Throw shade: To make a public show of contempt for someone or something, often in a subtle or non-verbal manner
  6. Sharenting: The habitual use of social media to share news, images, etc. of one's children
  7. Snowflake generation: The young adults of the 2010s, viewed as being less resilient and more prone to taking offence than previous generations
  8. Dude food: Junk food such as hot dogs, burgers, etc. considered particularly appealing to men
  9. Uberization: The adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology
  10. JOMO: Joy of missing out: pleasure gained from enjoying one's current activities without worrying that other people are having more fun


From: Esquire UK