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ELC Los Angeles 2015 Recap: New English Words in the Dictionary February 12th, 2016

The English language is constantly evolving. New technology, pop-culture, and international influences introduce entirely new words into our lexicon, and sometimes change the way words are used.  New words and changes in word-usage are often added to our dictionaries year after year.

We compiled a list of ten words that were added to the Oxford Dictionary last year! These words give you an idea of what the year 2015 was like.  Chances are, you may have already been using them…

Bestie: informal, a person’s best friend.

Fleek: slang, flawlessly styled, groomed, etc.

Random: slang, a person or thing that is unknown, unidentified, or suspiciously out of place.

Jeggings: tight-fitting stretch pants for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.

Retweet: (on the social media website Twitter), to repost or forward an existing message posted by another user to your profile feed.

Page view: an instance of an Internet user visiting a particular page on a website.

Photobomb:  to spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke.  Example: We were interrupted and photobombed by at least twenty tourists!  Example, as a noun: The concept of photobombing has probably been around as long as photography.

Twerk: a type of dance to popular music involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

Autotune: a device or facility for tuning something automatically, especially a piece of computer software that enables the correction of an out-of-tune vocal performance.

Mic drop: informal, an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive.


I wonder what new words, phrases, or word-meanings will arise in 2016…