Language is alive and forever changing. Approximately 25,000 new words are introduced into English on an annual basis.

Which of these do you think will survive into the next century?
  • Affluenza - A blend of 'affluence' and 'influenza'. A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism. Earning more money and consuming more can lead to overwork, debt, stress and anxiety.
  • Baggravation - Blend of the words 'bag' and 'aggravation'. A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but other passengers' bags have.
  • Blamestorming - A method of collectively finding one to blame for a mistake no one is willing to confess to. Often in the form of a meeting, assembly for the sole purpose of deciding who is to blame for a 'screw up'.
  • Copyleft - The opposite of copyright; whereas copyright imposes restrictions on the distribution of a work or publication, copyleft eliminates restrictions and allows freedom of use for all.
  • Edutainment - A form of entertainment that aims to educate and entertain.
  • E-Quaintance - A person only 'known' through online networking.
  • Frankenfood - Derogatory - a food that contains genetically modified ingredients.
  • Freemale - A woman who is happy to stay single and independent, ordinarily to avoid the traditionally perceived constrains of a relationship.
  • Flightmare - Blend of 'flight' and 'nightmare'. Unpleasant air travel experience (lost luggage, missed connections, etc.)
  • Geezer - Sometimes used by young people to mean, not just a man, but someone who is admired for breaking the rules or having his or her own unorthodox style of behaviour.
  • Guesstimate - Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'; a rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
  • Infomania - Constantly checking and responding to email and text messages.
  • Infotainment - Blend of 'information' and 'entertainment'. Online services connected to information and leisure activities.
  • Jumbrella - Blend of 'jumbo' and 'umbrella'. Very large umbrella set above tables outdoors at a coffee shop, pub or restaurant.
  • Mocktail - Non-alcoholic drink that looks like a cocktail.
  • Netiquette - Blend of 'network' and 'etiquette'. A set of rules governing commonly accepted appropriate behaviour or courtesy while on the internet. The absence of physical presence resulted in a distinct idea of 'appropriate behaviour' among 'netizens'.
  • Netizen - A blend of 'internet' and 'citizen'; a person who spends an excessive amount of time on the internet.
  • Nonversation - A conversation that seems meaningless or ridiculous.
  • Outernet - Traditional media (newpapers, magazines, radio, television) as opposed to the internet.
  • Screenager - A young person or teenager who spends a lot of time in front of the computer screen.
  • Staycation - A vacation in which you stay at home and relax, perhaps visiting places close to where you live.
  • Sunbrella - A sun umbrella; a great word that we should all begin using immediately Emotion: smile
  • Threequel - The third film, book, event, etc. in a series; a second sequel.
  • Weblish - A form of English that is used on the web (use of abbreviations, acronyms, small letters, absence of punctuation and hyphens etc.) Also known as: webspeak, netspeak, internetese.

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