Neologisms — new words and phrases

neologism_definition_examplesThe English language is ever-changing.  New words—and phrases–seem to crop up almost every day. They hang around, and eventually some are formally accepted as mainstream language. Sometimes they are brand new words and other times an old word takes on a new meaning.  The label for these new words is neologisms.

Social media and technology have contributed greatly to the formation of new words. Here are some examples:

  •  Google – To look up info on the internet. It has somehow become a verb too.
  • App – A software application, usually for a smart phone. This one seems to have come on fast.
  • Spam – The annoying junk emails used an existing word.
  • Troll — An anonymous person who posts inflammatory, rude, obnoxious or hurtful comments to an online offering.

Other neologisms relating to popular culture include:

  •  Muffin top – This terms is for the roll of fat that appears at the waistband of pants.
  • BFF – This is high tech shorthand for “best friend forever.”
  • Staycation – This means taking a vacation at home or near the home. It became popular during the time when the price of gas skyrocketed.
  • One last neologism came and went fast. That is Tebowing.   The kneeling and praying stance taken by once NFL quarterback Tim Tebow left along with him.




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