“For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.”
― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets.

It’s been some time since I wrote on words, although any of you who have stuck with me know that I love words.

Every year, the Oxford Living Dictionary, among others, determines one word for the year. Their word for 2018 is Toxic.

We are told – “The adjective toxic is defined as ‘poisonous’ and first appeared in English in the mid-seventeenth century from the medieval Latin toxicus, meaning ‘poisoned’ or ‘imbued with poison’”. Read the whole article for more interesting facts about toxic and its uses.


Some 1400 words were added to the dictionary in 2018. And so for your delectation and delight, here are some of them.;

  •  A nothingburger –  a person or thing of no importance, value, or substance, especially something which, contrary to expectations, turns out to be insignificant or unremarkable.
  • Glamping – It’s not just camping. It’s glamorous camping — and it usually means spending a night in the great outdoors with beds, electricity, and even indoor plumbing (so you’re not really outdoors at all)
  • Bingeable –Merriam-Webster defines this adjective as “having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession,”.
  • Goat – It stands for “greatest of all time,” and you’ll usually hear the acronym as a descriptor for LeBron James, Serena Williams, or Tom Brady.
  • Denonym – a proper noun used to denote the natives or inhabitants of a particular country, state, city, etc.
  • Mansplain — to explain something to a woman in a condescending way that assumes she has no knowledge about the topic.
  • Deglobalization” is the process of making something less global and more regional in nature, focus, impact, etc.; esp. the reversal or decline of globalization, or its effects.
  • Hangry is defined as bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.

Did you see  Business Insider’s January 5 article on the word of the year? – “The American Dialect Society named “tender-age shelter” the 2018 “Word of the Year.”  Read more here 

But probably my favourite word for the year is again Trumpism – the philosophy and politics espoused by Donald Trump.

So another rambling post from this ageing mind in a sunny but very windy Wellington, NZ.








13 responses to “Words

  1. Some great new words. I´ve used hangry in my most recent published book. xo


  2. I have never heard hangry used before
    . Congratulations in being at the cutting edge of using new wotds.


  3. I’ve never encountered the words nothingburger, denonym or tender-age shelter. Denonym is a good one, thanks! Brad


  4. We share such a passion for words. They are such fun playthings and tickle our minds. Lovely.


  5. You are so in the know, Judith! I had only heard of glamping. Thanks to you I will know what these words mean when I read or hear them. I love words too! Good post. Oh, I see Trumpism often…unfortunately!


  6. Thanks, Judith–good stuff. Now I guess I should be happy when people call me an “old goat!”


  7. D > I thought Denonym had been around since – well, since Wikipedia first came along, if not much much further back. But on second thoughts, it could just be a portmanteau word. which is oh so 2010-ish
    J > Mansplaining is certainly new as a word for an old phenomenon, but it’s odd, isn’t it, that there isn’t a word for that kind of patronizing that I got from the whole of the typing pool who all assumed I couldn’t type to save my life, but never repeated that when I sat down at a spare typewriter and banged out something at 72wpm corrected ; or the two women who not only thought it necessary and appropriate to show me how to open one of those flimsy bags on a roll with the vegetables in the supermarket, but also comment that of course a man couldn’t be expected to know how to do such things. Well then, I’ve had my rant, but it hasn’t helped me with the problem of what to call it.!


    • Hello and thanks for the comment/rant. Well, these words were added to the dictionary in 2018 even though some of them had been around for a while. And yes, women are at least as sexist as men. We are so programmed to think that’s men’s work or that’s women’s work – I have a son who works from home and does all the tidying up after the family have left for work and cooks all the meals; women’s work? Perhaps we could add our own word(s) for patronising women – how about patronising women?

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