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December 17, 2010

I - New words that have entered into the english language

Affluenza  A blend of 'affluence' and 'influenza'. A social disease resulting from extreme materialism and excessive consumerism: earning more money and consuming more, which can lead to overwork, debt, waste, stress, anxiety, etc.

Agritourism A form of tourism in which tourists stay on farms or in agricultural villages, and often participate in farm activities.

Alcopop Fruit drinks fortified with alcohol, designed and marketed to appeal to young people.

Audiophile Person who loves and collects high-quality audio equipment.

Baggravation Blend of the words ‘bag’ and ‘aggravation’. A feeling of annoyance and frustration at the airport when your baggage has not arrived but the other passengers’ bags have.

Busking Performing on the streets and other public places, while soliciting donations. Busy urban areas will attract street performers (buskers) who sing pla, juggle, etc.

Buzz Excited interest or attention surrounding, for example, anew invention, a recent event or something that has become fashionable.

Buzzword A new word or expression that is commonly used in specialized work environments or age-groups, and has become fashionable. Terms used in advertising can often convert into buzzwords and become widely used.

Captcha Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart. A distorted image of letters and numbers used to ensure that a response is not generated by a computer, in order to prevent spamming.

Carjacking Blend of ‘car’ and hijacking’ when a car driver is forced to give up his vehicle or drive to a destination designated by the attacker.

Citizen journalism News collected and reported by ordinary people, especially through the use of blog software.

Daycation A trip or short vacation which lasts only one day- daycationers do not stay away overnight.
Decruitment Euphemism for laying-off or downsizing a company.

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