New words – 9 January 2023

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tripledemic noun [C]
the widespread outbreak of Covid-19, flu and respiratory syncytial virus at the same time

The United States has already plunged into one of the roughest seasons of winter illnesses in decades. After nearly three years of being sequestered, children and adults are back out in crowds, with no masks, no distancing, and viruses waiting with open arms … With what’s now being called a tripledemic, which includes Covid-19, flu, and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) already spreading rapidly, the winter ahead could be worse.
[, 28 November 2022]

mpox noun [U]
UK /ˈem.pɒk.s/ US /ˈem.pɑːk.s/
a new word for monkeypox (= a disease caused by a virus that can be spread to humans by monkeys, apes, rats, and other animals)

The World Health Organization, responding to complaints that the word monkeypox conjures up racist tropes and stigmatizes patients, is recommending that the name of the disease be changed to mpox. Both names are to be used for a year until monkeypox is phased out … “W.H.O. will adopt the term mpox in its communications, and encourages others to follow these recommendations, to minimize any ongoing negative impact of the current name and from adoption of the new name,” the health organization said in a statement.
[, 28 November 2022]

mind dieting noun [U]
/ˈmaɪnd ˌdaɪ.ətɪŋ/
the activity of thinking carefully about what you eat in a way that motivates you to choose foods that are better for you

The first predicted health trend of 2023 is “mind dieting,” which according to nutritionist Lexi Crouch, involves getting the mind into shape by understanding your eating patterns. This can help people get to the root of their unhealthy diet choices. “From keto to fasting, physical dieting is always a hot topic but to get the best results from any diet, health kick or lifestyle change, it might be time to also try a psychological diet,” she said.
[, 6 November 2022]

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17 thoughts on “New words – 9 January 2023

    1. So do I.

      It is a great concept.

      Psychological rationalisation is one of our more powerful tools.

      Or rather, Muhammad, rationing.

      I had had rather a different concept in my mind when it came to the mind diet.

  1. Some Guy

    Why is every faddy portmanteau or abbr. suddenly a valid word? And how can these new words be a new ‘word’ when they are a phase?

    1. When they are a *phrase*?

      Mpox and tripledemic have more than earnt their right to be in the Cambridge Dictionary.

      Mind diet – I am less sure.

      I have encountered both tripledemic and mpox in many scientific and medical blogs – of some impact factor.

      Most notably – the Science-Based Medicine weblog.

      And lots of vaccination promotion weblogs – in the case of the tripledemic.

      Much lifestyle change does have to do with the mind.

  2. Angela B

    The expression is TWO words so cannot be put into the dictionary. Yes, many words may have two definitions but that’s not the case in this instance.

    1. Hi Bezant,

      are you begging your pardon[s]?

      Betting your pardons is something different. And, yes, we do all gamble when it comes to the English language!

      [I can “hear” how begging may have become betting in your fingers…]

      And are you thinking of “desire”? Because that DOES often go with resentment.

      [at first I thought you were talking about RIGHTFUL DEMISE – which some people do think about when they think about the diets their minds have been taking or giving].

      “Sooner than healthcare”.

      So are you dieting on your desires? Or your resentment?

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