New words – 17 May 2021

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hurry sickness noun [U]
UK /ˈhʌr.i.sɪk.nəs/ US /ˈhɝː.i.sɪk.nəs/
a way of behaving in which someone does everything in a rush because they always feel stressed and anxious about not having enough time to get everything done

“If you find yourself treating even small, everyday tasks like shopping, eating or driving as a race, and any delay causes feelings of anxiety, you might be dealing with hurry sickness,” said Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist and well-being consultant … When you’re dealing with hurry sickness, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to accomplish what you need to do. And no matter how much you get done, you always feel like you’re playing catch-up.
[, 26 April 2021]

home separation anxiety noun [U]
UK /ˌhəʊm.sep.ᵊrˈeɪ.ʃᵊn.æŋˌzaɪ.ə.ti/ US /ˌhoʊm.sep.ərˈeɪ.ʃᵊn.æŋˌzaɪ.ə.t̬i/
a feeling of worry and fear about being away from home, especially as a reaction to having spent so much time at home during lockdown

A recent study discovered that 67 percent of employed adults feel anxious at the thought of parting with their homes once society resumes, while 43 percent said they felt more attached to their homes. A large proportion of people have already experienced home separation anxiety, but how do we know if we are affected? And what can we do to reduce the fear and ease ourselves back into the world?
[, 15 April 2021]

coronasomnia noun [U]
UK /kəˌrəʊ.nə.ˈsɒə/ US /kəˌroʊ.nə.ˈsɑːə/
the condition of being unable to sleep because of anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic

As if the novel coronavirus has not already wrought devastation aplenty on the world, physicians and researchers are seeing signs it is doing deep damage to people’s sleep. “Coronasomnia,” as some experts now call it, could prove to have profound public-health ramifications — creating a massive new population of chronic insomniacs grappling with declines in productivity, shorter fuses and increased risks of hypertension, depression and other health problems.
[, 3 September 2020]

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9 thoughts on “New words – 17 May 2021

  1. Joe Genovese

    For “hurry sickness”, you have the following:

    “hurry sickness noun [U] UK /ˈhʌr.i.sɪk.nəs/ US /ˈhɝː.i.sɪk.nəs/ a way of behaving in which someone does ……”

    What does the “[U]” after “noun” mean?

    Where can I find a list of abbreviations used in this blog?


      1. Emel

        Can I suggest a blog about idiomatic phrases which feature people’s first names? For example, taking the Micky or when the penny dropped, having to use the John.

  2. William Feng

    I wish there will be more and more new words coming up and could you guys post some blogs about idioms?
    I would love to see that!


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