New words – 13 February 2017

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thrisis noun [C] /ˈθraɪ.sɪs/
feelings of unhappiness, worry, and disappointment that some people experience when they are around 30 years old and that can sometimes lead them to make important changes in their life

From the outside, my life looks pretty good. I’m 32. I have fantastic friends and a great job … So why do I feel like I’m doing everything wrong? Welcome to the 30-something crisis – or ‘thrisis’ – the feeling that, just a decade into being a grown-up, you’re running out of time.
[Grazia, 22 November 2016]

JAM noun [C] /dʒæm/
abbreviation for just about managing; used in the UK to describe people who have just enough money to survive, but nothing more

Jams account for two-thirds of all families with children receiving tax credits … More than two thirds have less than a month’s income’s worth of savings. So, the argument goes, Jams are especially vulnerable to weak income growth, rising costs and the freeze on working-age benefits until 2019.
[www.bbc.co.uk/news 21 November 2016]

social menopause noun [U] UK ˈsəʊ.ʃəl ˈmen.ə.pɔːz US ˈsoʊ.ʃəl ˈmen.ə.pɑːz
the time in a woman’s life when she no longer wants to stay out late, go to parties etc.

Late-twenties social menopause opens up space for new ventures. Maybe we’ll finally learn to cook. Maybe we’ll actually start saving.
 [www.manrepeller.com 05 October 2016]

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6 thoughts on “New words – 13 February 2017

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  3. Jackie Amaya

    On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 1:04 AM About Words – Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog wrote:

    > Cambridge Words posted: ” thrisis noun [C] /ˈθraɪ.sɪs/ feelings of > unhappiness, worry, and disappointment that some people experience when > they are around 30 years old and that can sometimes lead them to make > important changes in their life From the outside, my life looks pr” >

  4. Arum Shin

    I actually thought about 30 is the number scares especially Koreans( I am Korean and We have famous song ‘around thirty’.) However, I just knew that “thrisis” can be very common and we all get through this. I hope all around 30 cheer up and believe in yourself. I belive crisis is an opportunity! 🙂

    1. Hi Ali

      Thanks for your question.

      Our New Words posts contain words that we have just discovered. Some new words disappear quickly from the language, whereas others will continue to be used. Before we add new words to the dictionary, we have to see if people continue to use them.

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