Coined Words Acknowledged


Every language evolves as time passes by. New words are being created and coined. Here are some of the words you may never have thought accepted in dictionaries.

Let’s start!

Muggle (n)

  • Invented by JK (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling (b. 1965), British author of children’s fantasy fiction (see quot. 1997).In the fiction of JK Rowling: a person who possesses no magical powers. Hence in allusive and extended uses: a person who lacks a particular skill or skills, or who is regarded as inferior in some way.(Oxford)
  • Someone without magical powers (from Harry Potter books by J K Rowling); more generally any ordinary person, esp. someone without particular technical knowledge. (wordweb)
  • Example: She is a muggle when it comes to computers.

Blamestorming (v)

  • A method of collectively finding one to blame for a mistake no one is willing to confess to. Often occurs in the form of a meeting of colleagues at work, gathered to decide who is to blame for a screw up. (Oxford)
  • Example: The employees spent much time in blamestorming.

Gaydar (n)

  • A homosexual person’s ability to identify another person as homosexual by interpreting subtle signals conveyed by their appearance, interests, etc. (Oxford)
  • Example: That guy has a very great gaydar!

Threequel (n)

  • The third film, book, event, etc. in a series; a second sequel. (Oxford)
  • Example: I love the threequel of the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

Screenager (n)

  • A person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet. (Oxford)
  • Example: You are definitely a screenager.

Cyberslacking (v)

  • Spending one’s employer’s Internet and email facilities for personal activities during working hours. (Oxford)
  • Example: Stop cyberslacking during office hours. Do your work properly!

Bouncebackability (n)

  • The ability to recover from near-defeat in a competition; the ability to recover from a setback. (Oxford)
  • Example: Their team’s bouncebackability is really impressive.

Ego-surfing (v)

  • Searching the Internet for instances of one’s own name or links to one’s own website. (Oxford)
  • Example: You are so vain. You are ego-surfing again!

Vlog (n,v)

  • A blog that contains video materials. Vlogger (n) – person who vlogs (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: I want to try making a vlog. It seems fun!

Staycation (n)

  • A vacation spent at home or nearby. Staycationer (n) – person who does staycation (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: As much as possible, I don’t want to be a staycationer.

Webisode (n)

  • An episode especially of a TV show that may or may not have been telecast but can be viewed at a Web site. (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: What webisode are you watching now?

Frenemy (n)

  • Someone who pretends to be a friend but is actually an enemy. (Merriam-Webster)
  • A  person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike (Oxford)
  • Example: I don’t want to be associated with a frenemy.

Webinar (n)

  • An online seminar (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: I will attend a writing webinar later.

Mouse Potato (n)

  • (Slang) a person who spends a great deal of time using a computer (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: Which one are you: couch potato or mouse potato? Or both?

Supersize (v)

  • To increase considerably the size, amount or extent of  (Merriam-Webster)
  • Example: We need to supersize our contributions in preserving the Mother Earth.

Chillax (v)

  • Chill down and relax (Oxford)
  • Example: Chillax! Everything will be okay.

These are just some of the words that really caught my attention. Of course, most of them have been used by people for a long time but I didn’t expect them to be included in dictionaries. LOL


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