As anyone who works in language communication knows, vocabularies are constantly evolving. The Oxford English Dictionary adds about 1,000 new words to its annals each year. And those are just the words that are used widely enough to include!
Words are often in use for a number of years before they are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. The editors usually wait until a word is in wider use before adding it.
Check out some of the words that were officially added in 2018. Let us know how you would translate these in the comments!
Hangry: Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.
We got into a big fight, but she later apologized and said she was just hangry.
Please forgive me for what I said when I was hangry.
This one is pretty intuitive. Hungry + Angry = Hangry. Finally, a word to describe that specific type of anger that passes once you’ve had a bit to eat!
Nothingburger: A person or thing of no importance, value, or substance.
I was really worked up about the stock market dip this week, but it turned out to be a nothingburger.
I met her new boyfriend, but I think it won’t last long. He seemed like a real nothingburger.
Surprisingly, this one was first seen in print in 1953. It was used by a Hollywood gossip columnist. It can also be used with a hyphen, as in ‘nothing-burger’.
Prepper: person who anticipates a catastrophic disaster or emergency occurring on a local or global scale and actively prepares for it
We don’t see the Whites on the weekends anymore, they are always working on their new basement shelter. I never expected them to become preppers!
Did you see that the prepper convention is in town again?
Used generally to mean anyone who prepares, this specific meaning of prepper has become more widespread since the Y2K scare. Preppers often stockpile supplies and learn skills to become self-sufficient.
Mansplaining: Of a man: to explain (something) needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly, typically when addressing a woman
I can’t believe that guy started mansplaining about chromosomes during the Q&A session to the speaker. She was a geneticist!
Mansplaining has been becoming more mainstream as a term over the past ten years or so. It was actually named a word of the year by the New York Times in 2010. The term started being widely used in feminist online circles, but it has certainly entered general use.
Precariat: People whose employment, income, and living standards are insecure or precarious; such people considered collectively as a social class
He won the election by promising to raise the minimum wage, which was very popular with the precariat.
Models of temporary work contracts and few benefits have given rise to a new class of people. The precariat usually have little savings and rarely own a house.
A combination of ‘precarious’ and ‘proletariat,’ this clever word is useful in describing the number of freelance workers in the new gig economy.
Have you encountered any of these terms while interpreting? Are any of these terms new to you? Let us know in the comments below.