New words – 2 September 2019

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homework therapist noun [C]
UK /ˈhəʊm.wɜːk.θer.ə.pɪst/ US /ˈhoʊm.wɝːk.θer.ə.pɪst/
someone whose job is to help students with their schoolwork and exams and to help them deal with issues such as stress and anxiety

Homework therapist? Yes, you read that correctly. It is a growing educational trend in the US, with parents paying fees of $150 to $600 (£115 to £465) for regular sessions of up to 75 minutes. In succeed-at-all costs New York, where parents will do almost anything to get their offspring in pole position on the starting grid of life, paying hundreds of dollars an hour for this specialised and individual approach may be no big deal.
[The Times, 8 September 2018]

break-up concierge noun [C]
UK /ˈbreɪk.ʌp.kɒn.sieəʒ/ US /ˈbreɪk.ʌp.kɑːn.siˈerʒ/
a person or company whose job is to help someone after their relationship has ended, such as by finding new accommodation for them

Onward is a break-up concierge – now, you may be asking yourself, what is a breakup concierge? Is it just someone who delivers you ice cream until you’re ready to move on? Well, kind of. There may not be ice cream, but they are dedicated to helping you through a breakup and getting your life started again – and maybe you can request some ice cream on the side.
[, 25 February 2019]

data humanist noun [C]
UK /ˌdeɪ.tə.ˈhjuː.mə.nɪst/ US /ˌdeɪ.t̬ə.ˈhjuː.mə.nɪst/
someone who presents information in a way that is beautiful to look at and tells a story

The information designer and data humanist Giorgia Lupi describes her profession as “telling stories with data,” which sounds like an oxymoron, until you see her work … Her work, consistent with her upbringing, brings a tactile feel to computer code, and her appointment is an occasion to assess information design — a field located between graphic design and data science — and the possibilities it holds.
[The New Yorker, 25 May 2019]

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4 thoughts on “New words – 2 September 2019

  1. All of these words are difficult to digest, especially the last two. I might be wrong but, certainly, a few example sentences of each other in different contest would be a great help, to get to know their meaning better.

  2. James Womack

    Though I know words are culture-based and result from widespread use before being official and standard, I ask the below question. May one propose new words and definitions to your dictionary?

    1. Thanks for your question, James. Unfortunately, we don’t accept new words or definitions for our dictionaries, but don’t worry: our lexicographers are always reading and looking for new words and meanings to add.

  3. Dinendra Leelaratne.

    I wish the voters have more options to choose from. For instance, there is a choice “definite no”, but, there is no vote for the other end of the spectrum; “Definite yes”. I wish there is a choice” definite yes, I wish it becomes popular” or something similar! Thank you so much for opening up the discussion!

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