English Grows Again in 2024

One thing you can say about English, it’s dynamic. (Whoever thought Google would become a verb?) New words get added every year. For example, Dictionary.com has recently added or updated more than 1,700 words. Here are some of the more interesting examples —

Bed rotting — “noun. The practice of spending many hours in bed during the day, often with snacks or an electronic device, as a voluntary retreat from activity or stress.”

Girl dinner — “noun. An often attractively presented collection of snacks that involve little preparation, such as small quantities of cold cuts, cheese, fruit, cherry tomatoes, etc., deemed sufficient to constitute a meal for one.”

Barbiecore — “noun. An aesthetic or style featuring playful pink outfits, accessories, decor, etc., celebrating and modeled on the wardrobe of the Barbie doll.”

Greedflation — “noun. a rise in prices, rents, or the like, that is not due to market pressure or any other factor organic to the economy, but is caused by corporate executives or boards of directors, property owners, etc., solely to increase profits that are already healthy or excessive.”

Climate breakdown — “noun. The collective effects of harmful and potentially irreversible trends in climate, specifically those resulting from unchecked global warming.”

Global boiling — “noun. A nonscientific term used to emphasize the trend toward and severity of extreme heat events, especially in regard to public health.”

Food insecure — “adjective. Having or characterized by limited or uncertain access to adequate food.”

Bag holder — “noun. Someone who retains an unprofitable investment rather than selling it at a loss, only to suffer an even worse loss when the investment eventually becomes worthless.”

What do these new additions say about the state of the world? I have no idea….

Taken from “‘Bed Rotting,’ ‘Girl Dinner,’ and Dictionary.com’s New 2024 Words” by Simmone Shah (https://time.com/6694485/bed-rotting-girl-dinner-barbiecore-dictionary-words/?).

To see the complete list , visit https://content.dictionary.com/new-dictionary-words-winter-2024/

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