IELTS HOPECO Vocabulary: The Newest Words in English 1

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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.
  • Affluenza: 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.
  • Agritourism: A form of tourism in which tourists stay on farms or in agricultural villages, and often participate in farm activities.
  • Alcopop: Fruit drinks fortified with alcohol, designed and marketed to appeal to young people.
  • Amazeballs: Used to say that you find something extremely good, very enjoyable, impressive, etc.
  • Anklington: Blend of the words 'ankle' and 'wellington'. A short wellington boot.
  • Anonymouse/Anonymice: People who wish to remain anonymous when they give information, essentially because they are afraid of scandal or retribution.
  • App: Abbreviation of 'application', software that performs a specific task.
  • Applepick: Steal someone's iPhone.
  • Audiophile: Person who loves and collects high-quality audio equipment.
  • Avatar: A graphical image representing a person for example on the Internet.
  • Baggravation: 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.
  • Bashtag: A bashtag is a hashtag (#) that is used to make critical or abusive comments on social networking services such as Twitter.
  • Binge drinking: Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short space of time, or drinking to get drunk.
  • Binge thinking: Thinking excessively about a problem in a short period of time.
  • Binge-watch: Watch multiple episodes of a TV programme in rapid succession.
  • Bitcoin: Digital currency which allows payments to be sent from one party to another without going through a financial institution.
  • Black Swan: An extremely rare and unexpected event of large magnitude and consequence.
  • Bloatware/Fatware: Pre-installed software that occupies a lot of space, leaving little memory for storing personal data.
  • Blook: A blend of 'book' and 'blog':  a book written by a blogger.

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