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  • English Vocabulary: Neologisms, or new words

    Spoken English is constantly evolving. New words (also called neologisms) and expressions are constantly coined (developed) reflecting changes in society and the cultural needs and experiences of the people who speak it.

    Here are ten words in the English language that have emerged over the past ten years:

    Jargonaut

    english vocabularySomeone who uses a lot of jargon, or vocabulary that is specific to a particular trade or job.

    Meh

    This is the response when something leaves you unimpressed or disinterested.

    Citizen Journalist

    These are people, not trained as journalists, who write and upload news information on the web via their blogs.

    Recessionista

    This is a person who dresses stylishly while on a budget enforced by the economic recession.

    Unitasker

    This is someone who (or something that) can only do one task at a time. It is the opposite of multitasker.

    Tweeting

    This is what you are doing when you are posting a comment on the social networking site Twitter.

    Netiquette

    This is the code of behavior for activity on the internet. It is a blend of network and etiquette.

    Flash Mob

    This is a crowd of people (or mob) that is convened to meet at a set time and place via internet. They are told to perform a certain activity when they get there and then disperse quickly afterwards.

    Nonliner

    This refers to a person who does not use the internet.

    Oversharing

    This refers to the act of sharing too much information online such as credit card details, passwords etc.

    Here is a video showing a flash mob at work. Let’s watch it and answer some questions based on it afterwards (warning, YouTube has put a LONG advertisement before the video):

     

    How would you describe what the flash mob is doing?

    How do you see the people around the flash mob reacting?

    Have you ever taken part in a flash mob event?  If not, would you consider it?

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