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    Keep Your Emoji, Oxford. Here Are the Collins Dictionary Words Of The Year

    This week, the Oxford Dictionary announced its Word of the Year, and it's not even a word at all... it's an emoji.

    To be specific, Oxford called the 'Face with Tears of Joy' emoji its Word (Picture?) of the Year, which gives me little hope for the future of language.

    Collins, Oxford's direct competitor and creator of the Collins English Dictionary (the largest single-volume English dictionary in the world) also introduces ten new words to its catalogue every year. Though some of the 2015 additions are a bit ridiculous (there should be no legitimacy attached to ghosting, IMOH), I am glad to finally see certain words added. It's better late than never.

    Scroll down to see which words now appear on and will be included in an upcoming edition of the Collins English Dictionary, due in 2018.

    1. Binge-watch


    binge-watch (verb): to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession

    2. Dadbod


    dadbod (noun): an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one considered attractive

    3. Shaming


    shaming (noun): attempting to embarrass a person or group by drawing attention to their perceived offence, especially on social media

    4. Corbynomics


    Corbynomics (noun): the economic policies advocated by the UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

    5. Clean Eating


    clean eating (noun): following a diet that contains only natural foods, and is low in sugar, salt, and fat

    6. Ghosting


    ghosting (noun): ending a relationship by ignoring all communication from the other person

    7. Swipe


    swipe (verb): to move a finger across a touchscreen on a mobile phone in order to approve (swipe right) or dismiss (swipe left) an image

    8. Contactless


    contactless (adjective): referring to payments, smart cards, etc that utilize RFID (radio-frequency identity) technology and do not require a PIN or signature from the customer

    9. Manspreading


    manspreading (noun): the act or an instance of a male passenger in a bus or train splaying his legs in a way that denies space to the passenger sitting next to him

    10. Transgender


    transgender (adjective): of or relating to a person whose gender identity does not fully correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth

    *Related terms such as ‘cisgender’, ‘misgender’ and ‘Mx’ are also being used and added to, which is great since it is 2015, after all...

    1. What do you think the Word of the Year should be?

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