Do you celebrate success with an enthusiastic “air punch”? Do you hate getting up at “stupid o’clock”? Are you an expert at “krumping”? Feeling confused? Then read on…
Every year, about 1,000 new words and phrases enter the English language. Although we refer to them as ‘new’ words, many are created as the result of abbreviations, the influence of popular culture or compounds of existing words or phrases.
Our first blog exploring some of these new English words was popular among readers, so here we take a look at 11 more new English words – and explain how to use them in your conversations…
1. Air punch
An excitable way to celebrate success or triumph by thrusting your clenched fist up into the air.
Use it: “When the referee blew the final whistle, we celebrated the win with cheers and air punches.”
2. Bish! Bash! Bosh!
This phrase represents the sound or action of delivering a series of quick blows and is often used to indicate that something can be, or has been, accomplished quickly or simply.
Use it: “When you get to the station, follow the signs for the Central line, take any westbound train and get off after three stops. Bish! Bash! Bosh! you’re at Oxford Circus.”
A street dance popularised in the United States that is characterised by free, expressive, exaggerated and highly energetic movement. Watch this clip of Beyoncé’s video for Sweet Dreams to see how it’s done.
Use it: “She’s such a great dancer and her krumping is spot on.”
You’re reading a “listicle” right now! It’s an article, blog or any other piece of writing that is presented wholly or partly in the form of a list.
Use it: “Pearson English has a really good listicle about new English words on its blog.”
The word “dude” has been in use for ages to describe a cool or likeable person, but now there’s a specific feminine version. It can be used to describe the female companion of a dude.
Use it: “She’s a really cool girl – a real dudette.”
6. Scooby snack
You might know this phrase thanks to the cartoon character Scooby Doo – or even heard it sung about by the US band Fun Lovin’ Criminals. It describes a snack that is especially given as a reward or to persuade someone to do something for you.
Use it: “Please can you hang out the washing – there’ll be a Scooby snack waiting for you…”
Very simply, this is something that is pretty special – “spesh” is just an abbreviate way of saying “special”.
Use it: “The wedding was amazing – very spesh.
Two people that are just perfect for each other – and they seem to intrigue and fascinate the public. If they’re lucky, they may even get their own merged couple name, like “Kimye” for Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West.
Use it: “Kim and Kanye are a true supercouple – there are articles about them online every day.”
Strictly, you may not be able to pronounce this when you’re speaking, but you could use it in your electronic conversations online or on your mobile phones. It’s an abbreviation for “too long: didn’t read” – a dismissive response to a message.
Use it: “Did you read my letter I sent to apologise?” – “tl:dr”
If someone describes an event or situation using this word, you know it’s bad. It describes something that has gone completely wrong due to incompetence, mismanagement and miscalculation at the highest level.
Use it: This is a disaster – a complete omnishambles.”
11. Stupid o’clock
Do you hate getting up early? If you do, then to emphasise it you might describe the hour you got up as “stupid o’clock”.
Use it: “The flight left at 6am, so we had to get up at stupid o’clock to make sure we got to the airport in time.”