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6 New Words in English – And How to Use Them

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English is a language that’s changing all the time. This happens for lots of reasons: people invent words and phrases to explain brand new ideas and technologies, the names of celebrities or characters in books and films turn into adjectives, and sometimes jokes, slang words, abbreviations or even brand names get used so often they become part of the ‘official’ language.

Because of this, every year, new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Here are 6 popular words that joined the dictionary in the last few years.


  1. Clickbait

“Bait” is something tasty or attractive that you use to get the attention of an animal, so that you can catch it or trap it. “Clickbait” is an article with a surprising or dramatic title, which makes you want to click on the link to find out more. Usually, when you do click on it, the story isn’t as interesting or impressive as you thought it would be!

E.g. “I need to concentrate on my work but I keep reading clickbait on Facebook. I know it’s a waste of time but I can’t help it!”


  1. Photobomb

This is when someone is trying to take a nice photo, but then someone (or something) else jumps in and ruins it.

E.g. “That would have been such a great picture of me and my sister if my brother hadn’t photobombed us while making that stupid face!”


  1. Freemium

Many apps, websites and digital products today use what is called a “freemium model”. Anyone can download or access the simple version for free, but if you want to use all the best features (the “premium” ones), you need to pay for a subscription.

E.g. “Spotify is a freemium music player – if you want to get rid of the adverts, you have to pay for it!”


  1. Crowdfund

This is a way of raising money for a project by getting lots and lots of different people to all donate a small amount of money, instead of finding one investor to pay for all of it.

E.g. “If you give us $20 to help crowdfund our film, we’ll give you a DVD when it’s finished and thank you in the credits!”


  1. Vape

In many countries around the world, it’s now illegal to smoke inside public places, and many people who do smoke are trying to give up to improve their health. “Vaping” is a popular trend where people smoke “electronic” cigarettes, breathing in water vapour instead of actual smoke..

“I’d rather vape than smoke now – it’s better for you and you don’t have to go outside in the cold to smoke!”


  1. Freeganism

This means living in a way that you avoid using money as much as possible – in other words, you do as much as you can for “free”. That can mean growing your own food, eating food that’s thrown out by supermarkets but is still safe to eat, recycling and reusing as much as possible, or even living in empty or abandoned buildings without paying rent.

E.g. “I’m trying to live a more freegan lifestyle by cycling everywhere and eating fruit that I find growing in the wild”

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