close-up of a hand withdrawing money from a cash machine

New words – 29 May 2023

close-up of a hand withdrawing money from a cash machine
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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.
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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.
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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.
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a man in a black suit and glasses has a concerned expression as he looks at a model of the Earth

New words – 22 May 2023

a man in a black suit and glasses has a concerned expression as he looks at a model of the Earth
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doomerism noun [U]
a feeling of worry and fear that a situation will not get better, especially with regard to climate change

Doomerism, or extreme pessimism, is an increasingly common attitude regarding the disheartening trends of climate change. It’s not uncommon to hear “We’re screwed, and nobody is going to help us.” While this attitude is understandable, it can distract from the fight against climate change.
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danger season noun [S]
UK /ˈdeɪn.dʒə ˌsiː.zən/ US /ˈdeɪn.dʒɚ ˌsiː.zən/
a new way of referring to summer because of the increased likelihood of droughts, wildfires and extreme heat caused by climate change

But summer isn’t what it used to be. The season is getting so hot that it might be time for a new name: “danger season.” … “Climate change has pushed a lot of these types of events into a new realm that is much more dangerous,” said Kristy Dahl, a climate scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “So as we were thinking about this season, and how we’re going to respond to it, the phrase ‘danger season’ seemed appropriate.”
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flash drought noun [C]
/ˌflæʃ ˈdraʊt/
a sudden period of little or no rain

Fast-forming droughts are occurring more often and with greater speed in many parts of the world due to climate change, a new study finds. These “flash droughts” are replacing more typical, slower ones and are harder to predict and prepare for, which could make their management more difficult.
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a relaxed woman leaning back in her chair in a modern office with large plant in the background

New words – 15 May 2023

a relaxed woman leaning back in her chair in a modern office with large plant in the background
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Bare Minimum Mondays noun [plural]
UK /ˌbeə ˌmɪn.ɪ.məm ˈmʌn.deɪz/ US /ˌber ˌmɪn.ə.məm ˈmʌn.deɪz/
the trend of doing as little as possible at work on Mondays in order to reduce stress during the rest of the week

There’s a new day of the week that’s gaining popularity among Gen Z workers — “Bare Minimum Mondays.” Bare Minimum Mondays give employees the opportunity to focus only on the most essential tasks on Mondays, freeing up the rest of the week for more creative and fulfilling work.
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the Great Regret noun [S]
/ðə ˌgreɪt rɪˈgret/
a trend in the employment market that has seen many people who left their jobs during the Great Resignation regret their decision

The “Great Resignation” is now the “Great Regret”: 80% of job hoppers wish they hadn’t quit their old roles, with Gen Z the most regretful … It seemed like such a good idea at the time. And yet for those who handed in their notice during the so-called “Great Resignation” of 2021, many have seen little benefit for the upheaval.
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proximity bias noun [U]
UK /prɒkˈsɪm.ə.ti ˌbaɪ.əs/ US /prɑːkˈsɪm.ə.t̬i ˌbaɪ.əs/
the way in which people, usually managers, are more likely to treat an employee better if the employee is physically present in the workplace rather than working remotely

The recent shift to remote and hybrid work has created a “visibility” concern for many employees. Proximity bias describes how people in positions of power tend to treat workers who are physically closer to them more favorably, and stems from the antiquated assumption that those who work remotely are less productive than those who work from the office.
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two women in an office laughing and taking a selfie together

New words – 8 May 2023

two women in an office laughing and taking a selfie together
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frolleague noun [C]
UK /ˈfrɒl.iːg/ US /ˈfrɑː.liːg/
a colleague who becomes a friend

By having frolleagues you feel a little bit less at work and more with folks that you have a personal connection with. In interactions with frolleagues your work feels less transactional. I’ve found that I can find trusted frolleagues in different parts of the company, not just in my own area, which is great for collaborating and getting other perspectives.
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friendshoring noun [U]
the practice of operating a business or part of a business in a country that is an ally

Essentially friendshoring refers to the rerouting of supply chains to countries perceived as politically and economically safe or low-risk, to avoid disruption to the flow of business. Tech giant Apple is one American company to have recently made friendshoring moves, relocating some of its iPhone production to India from China.
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friendship recession noun [C]
/ˈfrend.ʃɪp rɪˌseʃ.ən/
a period when many people have few or no friends

American men appear to be stuck in a “friendship recession” — a trend that predates the Covid-19 pandemic but that seems to have accelerated over the past several years as loneliness levels have crept up worldwide. In a 2021 survey of more than 2,000 adults in the United States, less than half of the men said they were truly satisfied with how many friends they had, while 15 percent said they had no close friends at all.
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a blue sky seen through tree canopies

New words – 1 May 2023

a blue sky seen through tree canopies
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skychology noun [U]
UK /skaɪˈkɒl.ə.dʒi/ US /skaɪˈkɑː.lə.dʒi/
the act of looking up at the sky, thought by some people to be good for your wellbeing

Introducing “skychology” – the simple act of looking upwards, towards the sky. It has been found to have a positive effect on our wellbeing. The practice of skychology was coined by coaching psychologist Paul Conway. Paul says: “The sky can often mirror how we are feeling, and remind us that everything is constantly changing – including our emotions and how we are feeling”.
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soil bathing noun [U]
/ˈsɔɪl ˌbeɪ.ðɪŋ/
the practice of immersing your body in wet earth as a way of improving your mental health

Given the connection between soil and wellbeing, it’s no surprise that soil-related experiences could be the next big thing in wellness-based tourism and hospitality, with some companies already offering experiences that connect people quite literally with the earth. Typical offerings like organic plant-based menus will be built upon with experiences like soil bathing, mud spa treatments and food foraging tours.
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mind gym noun [C]
/ˈmaɪnd ˌdʒɪm/
a place or club where you can go to do classes and have treatments that improve your mental health

When I got an email inviting me to visit London’s first-ever “mind gym”, it’s safe to say I jumped at the opportunity. As someone who writes a lot about mental health and wellbeing, I not only wanted to see what on earth a mind gym actually is but also whether the classes and therapies on offer would make a noticeable difference to how I felt when I went in.
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artistic representation of a blue virus dissolving into tiny particles

New words – 24 April 2023

artistic representation of a blue virus dissolving into tiny particles
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virovore noun [C]
UK /ˈvaɪə.rə.vɔːʳ/ US /ˈvaɪ.rə.vɔːr/
an organism that eats viruses

What if science could harness an organism that had the power to eat viruses? … According to a study published in late 2022 on PNAS, a previously unknown microbe called a “virovore” does just that. Newly defined, virovores sustain themselves by consuming viruses, just like all other living creatures survive by converting energy from other animals and plants.
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Novid noun [C]
UK /ˈnəʊ.vɪd/ US /ˈnoʊ.vɪd/
someone who has never had the Covid-19 virus

If you consider yourself a “Novid,” in other words, someone who has never had COVID, are you mistaken, special, or just plain lucky? Researchers are trying to answer that question.
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superdodger noun [C]
UK /ˈsuː.pə.dɒdʒ.əʳ/ US / ˈsuː.pɚ.dɑː.dʒɚ/
someone who is resistant to a particular virus

Over the course of human history, scientists have identified only two instances of true virus superdodgers. That is, where a specific mutation in their genes makes people completely resistant to a virus. So that it slides off their cells, “like water sliding off a glass window,” as Casanova puts it.
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a living room full of brightly coloured furniture

New words – 17 April 2023

a living room full of brightly coloured furniture
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dopamine decor noun [C]
UK /ˌdəʊ.pə.miːn ˈdek.ɔːʳ/ US /ˌdoʊ.pəˌmiːn ˈdeɪˈkɔːr/
the trend of using bright colours and patterns when decorating and furnishing your home to make you happier and improve your mental health

Dopamine decor has been inspired by a catwalk trend where people choose to dress in colourful clothes to enhance their mood. The serotonin soaked concept is now emerging in the interiors world too with home owners choosing bright colours and patterns rich in shape and design to express joy and excitement within the home.
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chorebot noun [C]
UK /ˈtʃɔː.bɒt/ US /ˈtʃɔːr.bɑːt/
a robot that is designed to do housework and tasks such as laundry, shopping, etc.

I’ve just read a frankly horrifying report concerning the imminent arrival of so-called “chorebots” designed to automate fully 17 domestic tasks. When I say “imminent”, we’re looking at within a decade, which is soon enough. And when I say domestic tasks, I’m talking about the bot stacking the dishwasher, getting a load in the wash, hanging it on the airer afterwards, doing bits and bobs of grocery shopping, that kind of caper.
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hipstoric adjective
UK /hɪpˈstɒr.ɪk/ US /hɪpˈstɔːr.ɪk/
a way of decorating your home where old furniture, ornaments etc. are combined with a modern style

A fusion of the words “hip” and “historic,” the newly coined “hipstoric” home decor trend is set to dominate in 2023, according to interior designers … Consumers are casting mass-produced pieces aside in favor of reimagined antiques and vintage finds. Combining old with new, this popular eclectic aesthetic is an easy way to add a unique and personal touch to the home and infuse it with a sense of nostalgia.
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a pizza topped with melted cheese

New words – 10 April 2023

a pizza topped with melted cheese
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frauxmage noun [U, C]
UK /ˈfrəʊ.mæʒ/ US /ˈfroʊ.mɑːʒ/
cheese made without using any products from animals

The Mauxarella is a soft and moist frauxmage offering a mild but fulfilling taste. This frauxmage may be grated and melts beautifully in the oven to create delectable dishes like pizza and nachos.
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chaos cooking noun [U]
UK /ˈkeɪ.ɒs ˌkʊk.ɪŋ/ US /ˈkeɪ.ɑːs ˌkʊk.ɪŋ/
a style of cooking that uses different types of food that are not normally eaten together to create a dish

In a nutshell, chaos cooking is combining ingredients that typically don’t go together into a cohesive dish. It’s the latest social media trend on TikTok, the hashtag #chaoscooking has over 151 million views. For some, chaos cooking is a more “aggressive” take on fusion cuisine.
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butter candle noun [C]
UK /ˈbʌt.ə ˌkæn.dᵊl/ US /ˈbʌt̬.ɚ ˌkæn.dᵊl/
a candle made from butter which is lit so that the butter softens or melts

Late last year, we saw the first spark of interest for butter candles, but as we’ve moved into the holiday season, interest has heated back up again. Why not try one for your holiday table? A butter candle is literally a candle sculpted out of butter instead of wax. Just set it out with a big hunk of crusty bread and light the edible wick.
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several old pairs of jeans spread out on a table with sewing equipment, buttons and cloth patches

New words – 3 April 2023

several old pairs of jeans spread out on a table with sewing equipment, buttons and cloth patches
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thrift flipping noun [U]
/ˈθrɪft ˌflɪp.ɪŋ/
the activity of buying second-hand clothes, turning them into new, more attractive items and sometimes selling them for a higher price

Thrift flipping, or upcycling thrifted clothing to wear or sell, is a trend that has increased in popularity over the past year. From cutting a shirt to sewing patches onto pants, thrift flipping is a way to rework clothing purchased from a local second-hand shop.
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de-influencing noun [U]
the activity of describing certain products on social media and saying why you would not recommend buying them

In recent weeks, a new trend called de-influencing has taken over TikTok … The initial de-influencing videos that began circulating in January featured social media users talking about the viral products they wouldn’t recommend to discourage overconsumption. Now that the term de-influencing has become more popular, there are videos under the hashtag for nearly every niche.
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anti-haul noun [C]
UK /ˈæn.tiˌhɔːl/ US /ˈæn.t̬iˌhɑːl/
a type of social media content where someone describes a number of products that they do not think their followers should buy

The anti-haul is a simple concept; it’s a form of content where instead of recommending a product, one shows their audience products they didn’t like and what didn’t work for them. This originally started from a reddit post, where fellow beauty redditors discussed products that they personally didn’t enjoy. Beauty TikTokers such as Beauty By Tellie shared her thoughts and created an anti-haul of her own.
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three young adults laughing as they stand in a muddy puddle

New words – 27 March 2023

three young adults laughing as they stand in a muddy puddle
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dirty wellness noun [U]
UK /ˌdɜː.ti ˈwel.nəs/ US /ˌdɝː.t̬i ˈwel.nəs/
activities that involve being outside in nature and getting dirty, thought to be good for people’s physical and mental health

When I first heard about “dirty wellness,” a philosophy that espouses leaving our sanitized, hermetically sealed existence behind and reconnecting with good old-fashioned bacteria-laden dirt, I wanted to try it without really knowing what it entailed. It sounded fanciful and fun.
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sensehacking noun [U]
the activity of stimulating all five senses in order to become happier and healthier

Sensehacking — a big wellbeing trend for 2023 — highlights the crucial role that senses play in our everyday lives. Our senses can change how we feel almost instantly, so this trend is all about becoming happier and more productive by “hacking” our senses … Simply put, sensehacking means using the power of our senses to improve our mood.
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disease X noun [C usually singular]
/dɪˌziːz ˈeks/
a currently unknown virus or bacterium that has the potential to cause a serious epidemic

Disease X. It’s an ominous concept. A mysterious and dangerous pathogen that we don’t know, but we do know is out there – waiting to make a deadly jump from an animal or bird into an unsuspecting person, and take off on a viral killing spree.
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