Cool New Words in English

 In Grammar, Vocabulary Words

There are some fabulous and really funky new words in the English dictionary.  These recently-coined English words are coming at us at an amazingly quick pace – the English language is adding new words at a pace of a word every 98 minutes, according to the Global Language Monitor.  The English language is notoriously fast in adapting to the changing world. These new words enter English from every area of life where they represent and describe the changes and developments that take place from day to day.

Some of the Latest New Words

Here are tiny selection of words and expressions that have been coined in recent years.  Let’s begin at ‘A’ . For a full list go to


A blend of ‘affluence’ and ‘influenza’.

A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, stress, anxiety, etc.


Steal someone’s iPhone.  This just happened to me 🙁


Blend of the words ‘bag’ and ‘aggravation’

A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers’ bags have.


A blend of ‘book’ and ‘blog’

A book written by a blogger.


Blend of ‘brother’ and ‘romance’.

A close platonic relationship between two men.


Stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart.

A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a response is not generated by a computer, in order to prevent spamming.


Blend of ‘chilling’ and relaxing’.

Taking a break from stressful activities to rest or relax.


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.

Cot potato

A very young child who spends a lot of time watching television.  (cot = a baby’s bed)

Couch commerce

Buying goods online from one’s home.


A trip or short vacation which lasts only one day – daycationers do not stay away overnight.


Icon used in electronic messages and web page copy.


A vegetarian who sometimes eats meat or fish.


Going on holiday or vacation with grandparents in order to reduce the cost.


Blend of ‘guess’ and ‘estimate’. A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.


Non-alcoholic drink that looks like a cocktail.

Note we only have a slight selection of new words and our list end at M, but there’s enough here to give you a taster of how really fabulous and really funky these new words in the English dictionary are!

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