IELTS HOPECO Vocabulary: The Newest Words in English 11

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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.
  • Shabby-chic: Cottage-style decor achieved by using worn or “distressed” furniture and neutral-coloured fabrics, or new items suitably treated to appear old and look comfortable. The result is an elegant overall effect.
  • Sip and See (party): A party to celebrate the birth of a baby during which guests can socialize while sipping their drinks and admiring the new arrival.
  • Sindie: Single income now divorced.
  • Sitcom: Blend of 'situation' and 'comedy'. A drama, on television, based on humorous everyday situations.
  • Site scraper: Software that collects content from other sites (without permission).
  • Slumdog: Very poor, underprivileged person who lives in an overcrowded squalid area of a city called a slum
  • Smartwatch: A watch that can be used as a phone or a computer, with a small keyboard.
  • Smirt: Blend of 'smoke' and 'flirt' Smoking prohibition laws have led to a new sort of social pastime: 'smirting', smokers getting to know each other when outside on the pavement.
  • Snail mail: The standard system of delivering mail which is very slow in contrast to electronic mail.
  • Social supermarkets: Supermarkets that offer discounted food exclusively to those in poverty. The food is donated by retailers and manufacturers. The food is cheap because it may be mislabelled, have damaged packaging or be nearing an expiration date, but it is still edible.
  • Sofalise/Sofalize: Stay home and use the internet, phone or other electronic device to communicate with people (social networking, chatting, tweeting, etc.), rather than go out and meet them face to face.
  • Solopreneur: A person who is the owner of their business and runs it alone.
  • Speed dating: A method of meeting a potential romantic partner by talking to a group of individuals at an organised event. Participants are rotated to meet each other for no more than eight minutes. They then move on to the next person. At the end they indicate whether they are interested in any of the people they have met.
  • Spinnish: The language used by spin doctors, spokes-persons, campaign managers, etc. when trying to present information in a favourable light.
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