New words – 29 May 2023

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jugging noun [U]
a crime in which a robber waits at a cashpoint or bank for someone to withdraw money, before following them and stealing the money from them

Heart-stopping video captured on a home surveillance camera shows a Richardson man run for his life as a stranger darts after him. Richardson police tell NBC 5 it could be an attempted jugging. Juggings involve criminals staking out banks looking for customers leaving with cash. The crooks then follow their potential victim to their next stop and either rob them or break into the victim’s car to take the money.
[, 17 March 2023]

rom-con noun [C]
UK /ˈrɒmˌkɒn/ US /ˈrɑːmˌkɑːn/
a situation where a criminal tricks someone into a fake romantic relationship and exploits their trust to get money or personal information out of them

This is romance fraud or, rather snappily, “rom-con”, a crime that’s rising due to the cost-of-living crisis … ITV reported that Santander has launched a specialist division to combat rom-cons: the Break the Spell team works to “interrupt” customers who have been identified as being at high risk, stepping in when the person could be about to send large amounts of cash.
[, 7 May 2023]

infostealer noun [C]
UK /ˈɪn.fəʊ.stiː.ləʳ/ US /ˈɪn.foʊ.stiː.lɚ/
a type of computer software that has been deliberately designed to steal information such as passwords, bank account details etc.

There’s a wide range of data that cybercriminals aim to access through the use of infostealers. Most notably, payment card details and login credentials are highly valuable. A criminal could either directly use this data to their advantage or sell it on a dark web marketplace to other malicious actors.
[, 30 October 2022]

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7 thoughts on “New words – 29 May 2023

  1. Văn Hi

    These new words are really interesting and useful to a lot of people who are studying English as a second language. Thanks much!

    1. I’m not sure if you understand what the term “new words” means in this situation. It stands for recently created words that are going to be added into the dictionary so those words might not be understood by everyone and is not appropriate to use in some circumstances. Not very “useful” like what you said

  2. Evek

    The problem with adding every newly-coined, trendy word is that they may only be a passing fashion and generally have no deep roots to older words or situations. They also exclude parts of society and make it difficult for older people to understand and take part in group, generational conversation. Also, for learners of English, a trendy word may be inappropriate in certain situations. Therefore, I’m generally for waiting to see if usage grows and actually “sticks”.

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