New Dictionary Words 2016

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  • al desko: eating at one’s desk in an office.
  • athleisure: a style of clothing inspired by athletic apparel but also worn as casual, everyday wear.
  • butthurt: mental distress or irritation caused by an overreaction to a perceived personal slight.
  • Daesh: a name used to refer to ISIS/ISIL, the radical Sunni Muslim organization.
  • deso: designated driver.
  • free-range parenting: a style of child rearing in which parents allow their children to move about without constant adult supervision, aimed at instilling independence and self-reliance.
  • ghosting: the practice of suddenly ending all contact with a person without explanation, especially in a romantic relationship.
  • health goth: a fitness enthusiast who is part of the goth subculture.
  • hijra: a person whose gender identity is neither male nor female, typically a person who was born male and dresses as a woman.
  • hot take: a superficially researched and hastily written journalistic piece, online post, etc., that presents opinions as facts and is often moralistic.
  • intersectionality: the theory that the overlap of various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, and class, contributes to the specific type of systemic oppression and discrimination experienced by an individual.
  • lamestream: noting or relating to traditional print and broadcast media, when regarded as lacking the fairness, creativity, etc., of independent online news sources.
  • long-form: noting or relating to types of print or visual media content characterized by in-depth, lengthy narratives.
  • lumbersexual: a man whose style of dress and appearance is reminiscent of the ruggedly masculine stereotype of the lumberjack.
  • manspread: to sit with one’s legs far apart, taking up too much space on a seat shared with other people.
  • misgender: to refer to or address (a person, especially one who is transgender) with a pronoun, noun, or adjective that inaccurately represents the person’s gender or gender identity.
  • mom jeans: unstylish women’s jeans.
  • NBD: acronym for no big deal.
  • panromantic: noting or relating to a person who is romantically attracted to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Pokémon: a media franchise including video games, animated television series, movies, card games, etc. that depict a fictional class of pet monsters and their trainers.
  • presstitute: a journalist or media source whose news coverage is considered to be inappropriately influenced by business interests, political motives, etc.
  • totes: totally.
  • train wreck: a person who has experienced a personal failure, disaster, etc.
  • warmist: a person who accepts global warming as a reality (a term used by people who reject the concept).
  • woke: actively aware of systemic injustices and prejudices, especially those related to civil and human rights.
  • ze: occasionally used with a singular indefinite pronoun or singular noun antecedent in place of the definite masculine he or the definite feminine she.
  • Zika virus: a chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus that causes Zika, a mild illness.

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