New words – 11 March 2019

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blokebuster noun [C]
UK /ˈbləʊk.bʌs.təʳ/ US /ˈbloʊk.bʌs.tɚ/
a book, usually one that sells a large number of copies, aimed particularly at men

Readers weary of blokebusters … will be relieved to learn that a new novel by Kate Atkinson is also due out on Thursday … An early review in London’s Evening Standard described it as a ‘terrific page-turner’.
[The Times, 2 September 2018]

coming-of-old adjective
UK /ˌkʌm.ɪŋ.əv.ˈəʊld/ US /ˌkʌm.ɪŋ.əv.ˈoʊld/
referring to a book or literary genre that focuses on the growth of a main character as they enter old age

She added: ‘It’s a coming-of-old tale which is a totally new genre, we are all living for longer, we have all this extra time and that’s what Beth’s story tells. Everybody can take something from the story. Very few books can be given to your mum, your granny and your children, it works across generations.’
[www.telegraph.co.uk, 14 October 2018]

ambient literature noun [U]
UK /ˌæm.bi.ənt.ˈlɪt.rə.tʃəʳ/ US /ˌæm.bi.ənt.ˈlɪt̬.ɚ.ə.tʃɚ/
books that are read on an electronic device such as a tablet and which use information about the current date and time, the reader’s location, weather conditions etc. to personalise the experience for the reader

But what say the reading purists? Those who recoil from the mere sight of a Kindle and love nothing more than the smell of a dusty library book. Is ambient literature too far removed from the real pleasures of reading? The initial creators of the genre think that to preserve literature in the digital age, it is crucial to move it forward and appeal to younger, digital-native readers.
[Metro, 10 October 2018]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 11 March 2019

  1. Jaime hernandez arucha

    I am very greatful for this wonderful program… i want to say that this a powerful tool for me to learn english.
    And i want to learn more and more everyday…….

  2. Judy Seaberry

    Wow!! Cambridge Dictionary is like having the library and bookstore combined. This site will be hard to close the covers on – I happily have a lot of browsing ahead of me.

    Thank you.

  3. Piergiorgio Fuochi

    I really don’t understand the reason to create such a new wordIs there a real need? You can invent a lot of new word, but are they always necessary?

  4. ALlie NOyb

    I love your site and insight. Of course we need to record words for current and future ppl. The artwork is also awesome!

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