Neologisms (new words), 2014 onwards

GPB has for a long time had a tradition of collecting new words, or neologisms. Whilst we have fun and a bit of a laugh doing so, it was not until the end of 2014 that we decided we should start to collate and publish them. So, with a little fanfare (“tra-la”), here is our latest list, showing the new word, the route and the source. We will provide regular updates each time we have a critical mass of new words to add. Some are the merger of two other words (a conjunction), others are new acronyms, and some are not even new but were only recently spotted by us.

We particularly thank London’s Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph and their journalists, as they are a regular source for this material. This table is updated on a regular basis, but if you would like to offer additions, please email, as we would be delighted to add any neologisms that you have (subject to editorial control).

Neologism (new word) Route & meaning Source Origin or first seen by GPB
Adorkable Adorable Dork, someone socially inept but charming Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
AIBU? (see also YANBU) Am I being unreasonable? Mumsnet website 26 May 2016
Al Desko From Al Fresco, meaning to eat at your desk Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Antifa A Conglomeration of anti-fascist groups in the USA. Shortlisted for word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary Evening Standard 15 Dec 2017
Anti-nutrients Natural or synthetic compounds found in a variety of foods that interfere with the absorption of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, e.g. in the human body Anna Easton, GPB team member 14 Dec 2017
Antipointment and Anticipointment Anticipated disappointment, often after launch of a heavily hyped product or service David Sole, School for CEOs 12 Oct 2016
Avoision (as in Tax Avoision) The confusion or merger of the words ‘avoidance’ and ‘evasion’ by UK politicians before election The Daily Telegraph 18 April 2015
Bakexit Bake-off exit by hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc (1) then by Mary Berry (2) BBC website 13 Sept 2016 (1)

22 Sept 2016 (2)

Bankfurt Banking/banks in Frankfurt Evening Standard 16 Feb 2016
Based Meaning agreeable, admirable or worthy of support. Urban dictionary 31 March 2020
Belfie A Bum or Bottom Selfie (see Selfie) Evening Standard 18 Dec 2014
Bit (usually 8 in a Byte) Binary Digit, the smallest unit of data in computing, value 0 or 1. Half a byte is a ‘nibble’ and 4 eight-bit bytes, 32 bits, form a ‘bit word’ Claude Shannon (inventor of information theory) identifies JW Tukey as the creator of ‘bit’ in his Bell System Technical Journal July & Oct 1948
Bizcation Business trip with a vacation. See also Bleisure The Times 9 Dec 2019
Bleisure Business trip with leisure. See also Bizcation The Times 9 Dec 2019
Boddler Baby-toddler aged child who ‘boddles’ around Richard Keith of GPB (and other sources back to 2008) 2 March 2017
Bothie A Selfie and a Youie taken at the same time on the same device Evening Standard 18 Aug 2017
Bradigan Bra-cardigan combo e.g. work by Katie Holmes. Evening Standard 19 Dec 2019
Bragony Bra agony (from the wearing of a very uncomfortable bra) Evening Standard 12 Aug 2016
Brexchosis A feeling of despair among those who voted to stay in the EU Boris Johnson in The Telegraph 15 Apr 2019
Brexit (see also Bakexit, Brex-Pitt, Brixit, Frexit, Grexit and Nexit) British exit from the EU. Evening Standard 3 March 2015
Brexiteer Brexit and Musketeer combined. Evening Standard 9 March 2016
Brexit-moaners (see also Marmoaners) People who supported remain who are now moaning about the negative effects of Brexit Evening Standard 14 Oct 2016
Brexmas (Happy) Happy Christmas for Brexiteers Evening Standard 28 Oct 2016
Brexodus Brexit Exodus by EU people who live in Kensington & Chelsea in London Evening Standard 12 Aug 2016
Brexperts Brexit Experts Evening Standard 19 July 2016
Brex-Pitt ‘Brexit’ by Brad Pitt, i.e. his divorce from Angelina Jolie (married since 2004) The Daily Telegraph 20 Sept 2016
Brixit British exit (from the EU). Term coined by Alastair Newton of Nomura Bagehot in The Economist, then August 2012 Nomura research note 21 June 2012
BRIC An acronym for Brazil, Russia, India and China, considered the greatest long-term growth economies at the time Jim O’Neil, Goldman Sachs in his paper: “Building Better Global Economic BRICs” 30 Nov 2001
Broflake A derogatory term for someone, usually a white male, easily offended by views which conflict with their own world view. Shortlisted for word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary Evening Standard 20 Dec 2017
Cameroonia A region of west London full of David Cameron types Evening Standard 3 March 2015
Chickenham Palace Chicken Coup and Buckingham Palace Winston Churchill via Boris Johnson’s biography, p 144 25 Dec 2014
Chuggers/Chugging Charity muggers / mugging – street fundraisers with overly aggressive tactics The Daily Telegraph 10 March 2015
Cli-fi A Climate change Sci-fi movie CAM Magazine 22 Oct 2014
Clintipathy Clinton antipathy (of Hillary now, formerly Bill) Time magazine 2 Nov 2016
Copypasta Use a block of text that has been copied and pasted from elsewhere BBC News 19 Mar 2019
Corbynomics Jeremy Corbyn (appointed Labour leader in 2015) and economics. See also Trumponomics The Daly Telegraph et al 15 Dec 2015
Covididiot A person who refuses to take the necessary precautions designed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Urban Dictionary 28 March 2020
Cyberchondria From cyber and hypochondria. Comes from webpages that can estimate your state of health. E.g. The Daily Telegraph 4 June 2015
Demisexual Demi (half) and sexual; needs to have emotional connection before any sexual feelings can appear. Evening Standard 22 Sept 2017
Dontopedalogy Dont=mouth, pedo=foot; putting foot in mouth (metaphorically), as self-confessed by HRH Duke of Edinburgh Evening Standard 14 Oct 2016
Droniquette Drone, Etiquette, good etiquette when flying a drone device Evening Standard 9 Dec 2014
FANG An acronym for the four great growth US companies Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google (not Apple) Evening Standard 25 Jan 2016
Farshoring Offshoring far away. See also nearshoring Evening Standard 5 Jan 2018
Fatberg Fat and Iceberg, when fat collects in sewage systems to such a large extent they block the pipes, e.g. a 140-ton mass, 2 football pitches long, under Whitechapel, London Evening Standard 14 Sept 2017
Feminocracy Feminine meritocracy Evening Standard 3 Aug 2016
Fitspiration Using devices as inspiration to get fit Evening Standard 25 June 2015
Foodstagramming Food Instagram pictures The Daily Telegraph 2 Nov 2016
FOMO An acronym meaning Fear Of Missing Out Evening Standard 28 Nov 2014
Flexitarian Someone who is flexible about whether they are a Vegetarian or not BBC Radio 4 31 March 2018
Frankenbug Frankenstein Bug Evening Standard 3 Aug 2016
Freemium A free entry level version of an App which has pay for use premium level or extra features. E.g. SwiftKey Evening Standard 12 Feb 2016
Frenemies A blend of Friend and enemy. Evening Standard p16, from Ken Livingston’s topic for his speech in Moscow on 10th Dec 2015. Also from Wikipedia: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry. 9 Dec 2015
Frexit French exit (from the EU) Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front Leader, in BBC News et al 24 June 2016
Furbish The language spoken by Furby, an American electronic robot toy sold from 1998-2000 Evening Standard 28 Nov 2014
Genderquake Metaphorical earthquake caused by women through their actions on gender equality, starting in 2017 Evening Standard 20 Dec 2017
Glamping glamorous camping. See also Gramping The Times 9 Dec 2019
Globish English spoken by others around the globe: “Syntactically correct but with no understand of the assumptions shared by British speakers.” The Daily Telegraph 20 Aug 2019
Gramping Camping with your grandparents. See also Glamping The Times 9 Dec 2019
Gratistic Greek statistic Evening Standard 13 July 2015
Greynaissance Grey Renaissance, e.g. Matt LeBlanc (on Top Gear), John Major (on the EU Brexit debate) The Daily Telegraph 9 June 2016
Grexit Greek exit from the EU Citigroup’s Chief Analysts Willem H. Buiter and Ebrahim Rahbari 6 Feb 2012
Grolar (Bear) (aka Pizzly Bear etc) Grizzly and Polar Bear ursid hybrid species found in the wild and captivity NBC News 11 May 2006
Hashter Hashtag Banter Twitter (@CUWBC) 26 March 2017
Hangry Hungry angry; the anger you feel due to lack of food. An irritable state of mind, that can only be cured by eating. The London Magazine and Shardai Goodridge December/ January 1992 edition, and 20 July 2020
Hepeating A man (he) repeating what a woman has just said, but getting a better reaction Evening Standard 5 Dec 2017
Hoardrobe Hoarding clothes and wardrobe Evening Standard 5 Jan 2018
Hotspot (see Notspot) A place where mobile phone or Wi-Fi signals are good Various (1998)
Investomer A business customer who is also an investor in the business New words academic 2000
Jarvanka Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump (aka Habi – home of all bad ideas) Evening Standard 21 March 2019
Kimoji Kim Kardashian emoji Evening Standard 18 Aug 2018
Klop/ped A method using a Treasury tag to hold papers together Winston Churchill via Boris Johnson’s biography, p145 25 Dec 2014
Kompromat Compromising material or damaging information about a politician or other public figure, usually Russian, used to create negative publicity, for blackmail, or for ensuring loyalty. Wikipedia 22 Dec 2017
Ladylounge/r Lady lounging about on an underground train Evening Standard 9 Jan 2015
Larping Life Action Role Playing Evening Standard 19 Feb 2016
Liverchester Manchester – Liverpool, the term coined by Jim O’Neill earlier in 2015 for the engine of the North of England. See also Manpool Evening Standard 10 June 2015
Manpool Manchester – Liverpool, the term coined by Jim O’Neill earlier in 2015 for the engine of the North of England. See also Liverchester Evening Standard 10 June 2015
Malus A negative bonus. ‘Bonus-Malus’ (good-bad) is a term in some contracts Unknown, from Latin Who knows…
Mansplaining A man explaining, usually patronisingly, to a woman Evening Standard 5 Dec 2017
Manspreader Man spreading his legs wide on an underground train Evening Standard 9 Jan 2015
Marmoaners Marmite-moaners; people who moaned when Marmite was removed from Tesco’s shelves (briefly) Evening Standard 14 Oct 2016
Marmocrats Marmite technocrats, who argued about the merits of pricing of Marmite Evening Standard 14 Oct 2016
Mascallergy The fear of wearing a mask GPB 27 July 2020
Mascne Mask acne – acne caused by wearing a mask New York Times 17th June 2020
Maskhol Mask arsehole – someone who refuses to wear a face mask GPB client 27 July 2020
May-hem After Theresa May, UK PM, meaning to be permanently thwarted Evening Standard 15 Dec 2017
Meatopia A meat festival. Began modestly in 2004 in NY as a birthday party for the late Josh Ozersky Evening Standard 29 May 2019
Meninist Applies to both a male feminist and someone complaining about men’s rights in a similar way to feminists Evening Standard 21 Mar 2019
Metreat A treat for me (holiday for oneself only) Evening Standard 20 June 2016
Milkshake Duck Phenomena that are initially perceived as positive, soon after revealed as deeply flawed. Shortlisted for word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary Evening Standard 15 Dec 2017
Mohosexual Moho (more and more) and sexual; someone who wants sex with as many people as possible, the mo hos the better. Evening Standard 22 Sept 2017
Motel Motorway-hotel. See also Rotel First built in USA in 1925. Seen by this editor as a child in 1960s in Scotland Early 1960s
Natal females People who were born female, but may now be female or pangender (see below) Evening Standard 11 May 2016
Natal Males People who were born male, but may now be female or pangender (see below) Evening Standard 11 May 2016
Nearshoring Offshoring but nearby. See also Farshoring Evening Standard 5 Jan 2018
Nervosity A blend of nervousness and verbosity, the former causing the latter Christoffer Davidsson, Campbell Lutyens 10 Dec 2015
Neverendum A referendum that never ends Evening Standard 17 May 2016
Newstalgia New nostalgia The Economist. 1843rd Edition Oct/Nov 2019
Nexit Netherlands exit Geert Wilders, the Leader of Netherlands’ Party for Freedom (PVV) 24 June 2016
Notspot and Partial Notspot (see Hotspot) A place where mobile phone or Wi-Fi signals are not good (NotSpot), or sometimes not good (Partial NotSpot) The Daily Telegraph 26 Nov 2014
Olymicopolis Olympic, Metropolis, meaning the site where the London 2012 Olympic Games were held Evening Standard 12 Dec 2014
Orthorexia Over exercising combined with excessively healthy eating. Ortho- and anorexia Evening Standard 25 June 2015
Pangender People who are neither male nor female but “non-binary” or “gender fluid.” Evening Standard 11 May 2016
Paralympics Parallel Olympics 1st Paralympic Games, July 1960, Rome 22 Sept 2016
Persisterhood Persist-sisterhood Evening Standard 1 March 2017
Phablet Phone-tablet Evening Standard 14 Oct 2016
Phishing A homophone of fishing, sending emails purporting to be from reputable people, a form of fraud. Variants include Spear and Clone Phishing, and Whaling The Daily Telegraph 2 Nov 2016
Phonehenge Phone-Stonehenge (a very old mobile phone, e.g. a Nokia that does not have emojis) The Daily Telegraph 2 Nov 2016
Photobomb Photo, bombing. Getting yourself in someone else’s photo, usually without their knowledge Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Phubbed Phone-snubbed by someone looking at their phone rather than conversing with you David Sole, School for CEOs 12 Oct 2016
Politie Tie as worn by a politician e.g. Nigel Farage The Daily Telegraph 25 Nov 2014
Poshstock Posh Woodstock, a reference to Cornbury Music Festival, now ion the Great Tew Estate, ending in 2017 after 14 years and attended by leading public figures. Evening Standard 27 Oct 2016
Pre-load To load up with drink before going out for a party Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Quarantini A cocktail that can be made with things  you’ve already got in your house, and is best enjoyed with a quarantine partner or neighbor. New York Post 17 March 2020
Quarantinitis An inflammatory response to an otherwise negligible issue due to being quarantined too long – e.g. “my wife and I argued over letting the dog outside because we both have quarantinitis” Urban Dictionary 30 March 2020
Queuetopia Queue and Utopia Winston Churchill via Boris Johnson’s biography, p 144 25 Dec 2014
Rat-licker Someone who does not wear an anti-covid viral mask Urban Dictionary 15 Aug 2020
Ricardians Supporters of King Richard III (reinterred 26th March 2015) The Daily Telegraph 23 March 2015
Rotel Rolling hotel (with seats and beds) Google search 28 Dec 2019
Sansibilities Rights without (sans) Responsibilities Andrew Richards, Ferring Pharmaceuticals 11 July 2016
Sapiosexual Sapiens and sexual; one who finds their partner’s mind their most attractive attribute above and before their physical attributes. Prevalent on dating apps. Evening Standard 22 Sept 2017
Scambassador A scammer who pretends to be an ambassador National Trading Standards, published in Daily Telegraph 31 March 2018
Scentologist Scent (fragrance) expert GPB – Richard Keith 16 Sept 2016
Scexit Scottish Brexit (from the rest of the UK) The Daily Telegraph, 20 Nov 2019
Selfie A photo taken of oneself, usually on a smart camera-phone Various: Internet (e.g. Myspace in 2006) TV and Press. 2006
Sellebrity Using celebrities to sell products and services, where the celeb gets closely associated with the item e.g. George Clooney with Nespresso and Kendall Jenner with Pepsi. Also the style model for Mad Men’s Don Draper. Source: George Lois’s book $ellebrity

Also the movie $ellebrity in 2012 (starred Jennifer Aniston)

Mad Men was broadcast July 2007 to May 2015

George Lois’s book was published 5 March 2003
Shero She hero BBC Radio 4 7.35pm 10 Oct 2019
Showmance Show business romance, usually staged e.g. between two movie stars on the Red Carpet The Daily Telegraph 25 Nov 2014
Slofies Slow Selfies Apple iPhone 11 launch, Silicon Valley 10 Sept 2019
Smishing SMS-text Phising (see Phising), a form of fraud 27 May 2020
Snapplause Clicking of fingers instead of applause. Evening Standard 7 April 2018
Spamalot SPAM (possibly means Shoulder of Pork & Ham) and Camelot Monty Python; Chicago Shubert Theatre 21 Dec 2004
Splinternet (the) The internet divided between East and West The Daily Telegraph Business section p2 Gary white 11 Oct 2019
Starchitect Star architect. E.g. Santiago Calatrava for his visionary building next to the O2 dome, Peninsula Place Evening Standard 2 Feb 2017
Stan Made famous by Eminem’s 2000 hit song Stan. Used to describe obsessive / stalker fans Eminem – Stan 21 Nov 2000
Stuffocation Suffocation from excess stuff, also the name of a new book on the subject BBC Radio 4 7 Feb 2015
Tech-life balance Technical, work-life balance, the time spent on personal computing devices (e.g. mobile phone) vs. away from them. Evening Standard 28 Nov 2014
TeePartialism (or Tee-Partialism) Reducing the volume and/or the frequency of alcohol consumption. Contrasts with all-or-nothing approaches like teetotalism. Unlimited Group 14 May 2019
Telefangelist Television, Evangelist. A member of the public who rants on TV (e.g. about a football club manager), and becomes famous for doing so The Daily Telegraph 10 Dec 2014
Textonyn Text, synonym. 1 of 2 words generated by pressing the same mobile phone key combinations. Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Three-peat What Usain Bolt will attempt in Rio Olympics, winning 100m, 200m, and 4*100m relay at his third games. Evening Standard 11 May 2016
Trilemma Three-way dilemma between dietary choice, human health and the health of the planet Quorn plc Annual report 2015 p3. 17 June 2015
Triphibian Tri and Amphibian, a Churchill word to describe Lord Mountbatten, who was a military leader on land and sea and in the air. Winston Churchill via Boris Johnson’s biography, p 145 25 Dec 2014
Trumpkin Trump Pumpkin, an extra scary version popular for Halloween 2016 The Daily Telegraph 28 Oct 2016
Trumption Trump-Gumption. Baseless self-belief Evening Standard 15 Dec 2017
Trumpomics Donald Trump (USA Republican candidate 2015/6) and economics. See also Corbynomics The Daly Telegraph et al 15 Dec 2015
Twerking Twisting and jerking, or from working. Dancing in a sexually provocative manner, usually then posted on the internet. Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Twinfluencer Twins who influence on social media, such as Jedward or Ayse and Zehila Clarke. Evening Standard 20 August 2019
Twitterati People who tweet on Twitter a lot Evening Standard 27 Nov 2014
Unsordid Un and Sordid, Churchill’s word to describe the Lend-Lease deal. Winston Churchill via Boris Johnson’s biography, p 145 25 Dec 2014
Vape/vaping Vapour, inhaling. Taking in smoke from an e-cigarette Evening Standard 22 Oct 2014
Veganuary Vegan January – a diet for the post-Christmas period Piccadilly Line tube train advert 20 Dec 2017
Vishing Voice Phishing, using scam phone calls to trick people to reveal bank details and/or send money BBC News online 6 July 2015
Volun-tourism volunteer tourism in overseas orphanages, JK Rowling on the BBC website 25 Oct 2019
Wackaging Wacky Packaging BBC Room 101 7 Sept 2018
Wenglish Mixed Welsh-English words and phrases e.g. “Frages” (for ages), and “beyond” (extremely) BBC Radio 4 7 Feb 2015
YANBU (see also AIBU?) You are not being unreasonable acronym Mumsnet website 26 May 2016
Youie The opposite of a Selfie i.e. a conventional photograph Evening Standard 18 Aug 2018
Youthquake A significant cultural political or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people. Winner of word of the year, awarded by the Oxford English Dictionary Diana Vreeland, editor in chief, American Vogue, 1965. Evening Standard 1965 and 15 Dec 2017
Zoombombing Zoom is a digital platform for online meetings. As a result of the Copvid-19 virus, Zoom is now widely used in social and work settings. Its early versions allowed for low security, and often meetings were ’bombed’ – disrupted by uninvited people who put up pornographic images or used profanities. Daily Telegraph 2 April 2020

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