/ 19 July 2021

As you were saying…

We can’t remember the last time we looked up an actual dictionary – it’s all online searches now… And so when sites like dictionary.com release a list of 300 hot new words that “mirror the world around us,” we’re all ears. The big new entrants include pandemic-flavoured terms like ‘long hauler’ to describe someone dealing with the lasting effects of COVID. Also reflecting the times are words related to the “race and justice dialogue that followed last year’s police-killing of George Floyd” like ‘minoritise’ – aka “to make (a person or group) subordinate in status to a more dominant group”. And for something a bit slangy – youse should be on the lookout for a zaddy today. Just as long as the yoof of North Korea don’t get any ideas

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