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December 25, 2013

New Words Courtesy Of 2013

The year 2013 has been quite a year in many ways.

All kinds of technologies and developments have, as usual, only increased our...

...vocabulary.

Take a look at these new words and see if you remember the stories that generated each one.

For example, who among us a year ago, had heard of 'bitcoin'? Or 'air gap'? Or 'selfie'? Or 'Sorry, not sorry' (a popular 'apology' among celebrities and politicians) or the immediately annoying 'twerk'?

And how about a word like 'Obamacare'? Or 'young invincibles'?

For better or worse, we can always count on politics and pop culture to, ahem, enrich our language.

There's a bunch of them, and it seems to me that 2013 gave us more words than usual.

You can see a full article on these new words (and their stories) here - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/opinion/sunday/a-wordnado-of-words-in-2013.html?smid=fb-nytimes&WT.z_sma=OP_AWO_20131224&bicmp=AD&bicmlukp=WT.mc_id&bicmst=1385874000000&bicmet=1388638800000&_r=0.

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I like where I live, but if you are interested and available, you might consider doing this. This deal is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.

Wouldn't it be fun to gather a group of writing friends to take over a neighborhood?

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Be sure to send us any words or phrases that puzzle you, and be sure to let us know what it is about English and language learning that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at December 25, 2013 08:18 PM

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