9 Buzzworthy New Words in the Oxford Dictionary

Your guide to the hottest words of 2013

Oct 15, 2013

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The Oxford English Dictionary refreshes its pages every year, with new words which have made it from the realm of slang into the mainstream vocabulary. We've picked out our favorites from the latest batch – read on for your guide to  learn what they mean, and how to put them to good use.


DEFINE IT: Likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
USE IT: "Did you see the latest Soul Pancake clip on YouTube? Definitely buzzworthy!"
DO ITFollow your favorite sites and magazines on Facebook to get the buzz you like straight to your News Feed.

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DEFINE IT: A small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.
USE IT: "Gmail's new emojis are so cute!"
DO IT: Write that email to that far away friend that you've been putting off forever, and make use of some emojis. This gorgeous clip will give you some literary inspiration.

Photo by Flickr user Mark McLaughlin


DEFINE IT: A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
USE IT: “This weekend I’m doing a digital detox - I’m even turning my iPhone off.”
DO IT: Try it, even just for an evening. Download this great app or hit up this innovative Brazilian bar for inspiration.

Photo by Flickr user Joe St.Pierre


DEFINE IT: A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
USE IT: "Let's do a selfie with the Eiffel Tower in the background!"
DO IT: Snap a selfie and turn it into a good deed, by using the Johnson & Johnson app Donate a Photo.

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DEFINE IT: Time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.
USE IT: "It's been a crazy week – I need some me time."
DO IT: Take some time out to recharge – even five minutes can do the trick.

Photo by Flickr user Light Knight


DEFINE IT: A relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born; a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child.
USE IT: "We're going to the beach for a baby moon next month."
DO IT: Plan your dream baby moon without leaving the couch, using these 5 Easy Steps.

Photo by Flickr user Micah Camara


DEFINE IT: Fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media
USE IT: "I saw the photo of you two volunteering together – it gave me FOMO!"
DO IT: Seize the day and banish FOMO! Start with this super list of 7 Wonderful Things to Do This Fall.

Photo by Flickr user *vlad*


DEFINE IT: A protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.
USE IT: "That meal was amazing but I ate too much – check out my food baby."
DO IT: If you must overindulge in food time to time, get some superfoods in there to even things out.

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DEFINE IT: The practice of travelling into space for recreational purposes.
USE IT: “Did you hear about Virgin Galactic? They’re taking bookings for space tourism.”
DO IT: Watch this clip and meet Mikey Oliveri - the 29-year-old disabled man who wants Sir Richard Branson to take him to space.

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As well as managing Goodnet.org, Elana writes happy headlines with a particular focus on yoga, meditation and family matters. She has a background in online journalism and web content.