IELTS HOPECO Vocabulary: The Newest Words in English 12

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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.
  • Staycation: A vacation in which you stay at home and relax or visit places close to where you live.
  • Street food: Food prepared and sold by vendors in a street or a public location for immediate consumption.
  • Subprime/Sub-prime: The adjective subprime describes a risky loan, or lending money at a higher rate of interest to borrowers who have a poor credit history.
  • Sudoku: A number placement puzzle consisting of a grid of nine 3-by-3 squares. Each row, column and square must contain only one instance of the numbers 1 to 9.
  • Tech neck: Wrinkles around the neck caused by looking down at phones, tablets, etc.
  • Textonym: A word produced by predictive text software when you press a  combination of numbers on the keypad of a mobile phone.
  • Textspeak: Language used in text messages consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons, etc.
  • Textual harassment: Sending text messages to mobile phones which insult or abuse people.
  • Tombstoning: Jumping or diving into water from a dangerously high place such as a hotel balcony, a cliff, bridge, wall, roof, etc.
  • Trashion: Blend of 'trash' and 'fashion'. Fashionable items created from old, used and recycled elements.
  • Trekkie: A fan of the TV science fiction series Star Trek.
  • Tribal marketing: Marketing strategy which consists in using the social behaviour of certain groups ('tribes') of consumers (e.g. surfers, rappers) to promote a product or service. Very often used by clothing and accessory brands.
  • Troll factory: A company or organisation that pays employees to pretend to be ordinary internet users and write online comments in favour of or against somebody.
  • Tweeps: Blend of 'Twitter' and 'peeps' (people). Users who follow you on Twitter.
  • Tweet: People who 'tweet' send short messages via the microblogging service Twitter.
  • Tweetheart: A user of the Twitter service who is very popular or admired, or with whom other users communicate a lot.
  • Tweet seats: Seats in a theatre or concert hall given to people who wish to tweet during the performance.
  • Twintern: Blend of 'Twitter' and 'intern'. A person, usually a student or recent graduate, employed by a company to promote its products or services on Twitter or other social media.
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