Technology, society, politics – they all move fast. And this means that we continuously need new words to describe our lives and the world around us.

We love hearing new words and seeing the way in which the English language evolves. Check out these new words and phrases which were coined recently that we particularly like:

New words 2017

  • Bitbitter – Regretting you hadn’t invested in bitcoin when you see the price reach another record high. The value of one bitcoin broke the $11,000 mark in November 2017.
  • Procrastinetflix – Having a million and one things to do but still pushing on with the next episode of your favourite Netflix show.
  • Dead-dread – The anxiety you feel when seeing a celebrity trending on Twitter. You know they have either passed away or been accused of something ghastly i.e. they are now dead to you!
  • Snoozecuse – Telling yourself it’s OK to hit the snooze button for the fifth time because ‘sleep is important’.
  • Regrexit – No prizes for guessing what this means!


But what exactly are these new words?

These words are known as portmanteau words – a linguistic blend where two words are merged into one. ‘Portmanteau’ is a French word for ‘luggage’ – and just as with a suitcase, you can unpack these to find they have individual meanings.

Last year we blogged about portmanteau words, their use, and how simple words can be modified to communicate complex topics.


New words 2017 in the Oxford English Dictionary

Alongside new words, new meanings for existing words evolve. One such example that was accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2017 was for the simple, dare I say bland word, ‘thing’. Yes, ‘thing’ can now officially be used to define a genuine or established practice. For example, your friend telling you they’re attending a seminar on Viking town planning and you asking them, “is that even a thing?”. You’re probably already familiar with this usage through popular culture. And do you want to know where it was first recorded in use? A year 2000 broadcast of The West Wing.

Interestingly, 2017 also sees a new word in the place of the final alphabetic entry in the dictionary. The name of a genus of tropical weevils found in South America, Zyzzyva has been officially recognised as a word by the Oxford English Dictionary. With that many ‘Zs’ and ‘Ys’, it is no wonder it has taken the place of the final word over the now relegated ‘zythum’, which, in case you were dying to know, described a kind of malt beer brewed in Egypt.


Choosing the right words for your message

That concludes our look at new words 2017. At On Point Copywriting we keep on top of the latest trends in language to make sure you connect effectively with your target audience.

We can help you use creative and effective words to connect with your target audience. If you want help with your writing or editing – or simply need another pair of eyes to make sure your writing will have maximum impact, contact us today on 0117 244 0116.