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10 New(ish) English Words

[ssba] In our hyperconnected world, clickbait and binge-watching are among the many distractions. People overshare their selfies and to cap it all photobomb other people’s!
How many new words did you spot in that passage?  They have all come into use in the last few years, but how are these new words pronounced?

1. Binge-watch (verb) /ˈbɪndʒ wɒtʃ/

To watch an excessive amount of TV.

2. Crowdfunding (noun) /ˈkraʊdfʌndɪŋ/

The practice of funding a project by raising money from online communities.

3. Selfie (noun) /ˈseɫfi/

A self portrait photograph taken with a handheld digital camera or smartphone.

4. Beatboxer (noun) /ˈbi:ʔbɒksə/

A type of vocal percussion.

5. Overshare (verb) /ˌəʊvəˈʃeə/

To give out too much information.

6. Photobomb (verb) /ˈfəʊtəʊbɒm/

To purposely put oneself in view of a photograph as a practical joke.

7. Bitcoin (noun) /ˈbɪʔkɔɪn/

An online payment system that does not require an intermediary.

8. Hyperconnected (adjective) /ˌhaɪpəkəˈnektɪd/

Characterised by the habitual and widespread use of the internet.

9. Vaping (verb) /ˈveɪpɪŋ/

To inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette.

10. Clickbait (noun) /ˈklɪkbeɪt/

Online content whose main purpose is to get users to click on links.

Have we missed any? Write in with any other new words and we’ll see if we can get them into a follow-up post.

By | 2017-01-23T11:20:02+00:00 April 28th, 2015|Pronunciation, Words|0 Comments

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