A New Year calls for new words!

Do you have a hard time keeping up with the English language?

How about understanding all those new food choices? Or worse, keeping up with your teen’s texting language?

So many factors affect changes and trends when it comes to any language. Whether it be the rise of social media platforms or trends popularized in films, tv shows and on YouTube. Some terms are also specific to countries or regions, and knowing these can help you when traveling.

Did you know that, in 2019 alone, 650 words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary!

Here’s a list we’ve compiled to give you a glimpse of some of them:

Chillax: Colloquial. Intransitive. To calm down and relax; to take it easy, to chill.

Whatevs: Indicating that someone is disengaged or indifferent, as in “Whatever you say” or “Have it your own way”.

Xoxo: Used to symbolize a hug, especially at the end of an email, a greeting card, a text, etc.

Poke: In Hawaiian cookery, sliced or cubed marinated raw fish or seafood, often served over rice.

Goetta: A mixture of cooked ground meat (typically pork), oatmeal, and seasonings, usually served in fried patties for breakfast.

Nomophobia: Anxiety about not having access to a mobile phone or mobile phone services.

Manhattanhenge: A phenomenon in which the sun rises or sets in alignment with the streets that run east to west on the street grid of Manhattan, NY.

Hangashore: Newfoundland term to define a person who is too lazy or cowardly to go to sea.

Bunny hug: Saskatchewan term for hooded sweatshirt.

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