Here’s a selection of The Guardian’s favorite neologisms of the last 10 years.
These words and expressions were all coined in particular parts of the world in specific years: they’re principally slang and jargon; catching on, but still waiting to be formalized into our dictionaries.
My favorite from the list is:
1. generica: features of the American landscape (strip malls, motel chains, prefab housing) that are exactly the same no matter where one is
I may use this word in a future book. I love it.
And my nine runners-up include:
2. witches’ knickers: shopping bags caught in trees, flapping in the wind
It’s tragic that this word even exists, but it’s a good one.
3. meh: boring, apathetic or unimpressive
4. sandwich generation: those caring for young children and elderly parents at the same time (usually "baby boomers" in their 40s or 50s)
5. elevens: the creases between one’s eyebrows from squinting or frowning
6. fogging: children showing minimal reaction to or agreeing with the taunts of a bully
I’ll be teaching this one to my students, but also tragic that this word even exists.
7. New York rain: water that drips annoyingly from air-conditioners onto passers-by
8. glamping: glamorous camping
9. push present: an expensive gift given to a woman by her husband in appreciation for having recently given birth
10. menoporsche: the phenomenon of middle-aged men attempting to recapture their lost youth by buying an expensive sports car
I may be able to use this word with a friend of mine soon. How joyous.