16 Brand New Words added to the English Dictionary in the New Year (2018)

Hello everybody, you’re with me Ceema, bringing you yet another very interesting English speaking practice lesson.  Since, you are trying to learn English online and learn new ways of saying different things, we need to learn new English words to expand our vocabulary bank in order to speak fluent English confidently. Don’t you think? As a matter of fact, the English language is constantly growing.  This is because new vocabulary is being introduced from new technology, science, finance, recent pop culture and even from other foreign languages.  I had fun trying out some new words that have found their way into the dictionary in the new year 2018.  I know you will enjoy learning them too.  So In this spoken English lesson on the New Year’s eve let’s see 16 new words that are just added to the English dictionary.

Shruggie –

Now all of you are probably using watsapp or facebook on your phone or the computer.  And frankly it’s made us a little lazy.  You know when we are happy, we just send out a little smiley, to show that we are smiling.  Well a shruggie is a little different but works on the same principle.  So Just like the smiley, a shruggie is an emoticon ¯\(ツ)/¯ indicating that a person is shrugging.  A shrug basically is a gesture that is performed by lifting both shoulders and hands up.  This gesture shows that you don’t know the answer to something or you don’t care about something.  When is Tom Hanks new movie getting released? ¯\(ツ)/¯, are we going to take the math class next Tuesday? ¯\(ツ)/¯ (laughs) you don’t care.  So I could write a sentence saying

Eg. I texted a shruggie to my mother who asked me what I wanted for lunch.

Normie –

This refers to an ordinary or normal person.  A person who believes in popular opinion

So, Tom is a normie because he is a regular Facebook user.  So this guy here, maybe now has taken up vegetarianism because that’s what everyone’s talking about.  He’s not really thought about it for himself before indulging in something like that.  That’s why he’s a normie, an ordinary person believing in popular opinion


Okay so just as people who give up drinking become so-ber, a person who gives up smoking or nicotine use becomes smober, I think that SMOBER is a really cool new word to learn.  I am pleased to say that I have always been smober.  I would encourage everyone out there to do the same.


So here’s another word that you can probably guess the meaning of .  It’s called horosceptic, okay let me help you guess, a skeptic is someone who finds it difficult to believe in something, so if you tell me that I can learn to play the guitar in two days, I’ll be skeptic, I’ll find that hard to believe.  So…a horosceptic is…I think you’re getting it now, yes, a person who  does not believe in horoscopes or criticizes this kind of belief.

Hand sauce

This is a rather strange one.  It’s called hand sauce.  Now this is a new word that is used very often for a hand sanitizer

Eg. Hey there! My hands are dirty. Pass me the hand sauce.  Sounds funny, I know, but this one’s also pretty much made its way into the dictionary.


Now when you’re walking in a mall or sitting in a restaurant, it’s just impossible to not look at a group of people taking what we previously called a group selfie.  This is now called a usie which is a group selfie where a photo of a group is taken by one of the people who is also in the picture.  So, you could say that in school Jill loves taking usies with her classmates

Woman-spreading –

As you can probably guess it relates to something a woman does.  Okay, so some women have this annoying habit of sitting in public transportation with their belongings around them, in such a way so that there is no room for anyone to take the adjacent seats or the seats.  I do wonder why this is more related to women and not men.  I think it’s because we carry more bags unlike the men.  I somehow don’t like this word so much but you can go ahead and use it.

Eg.You could say that we discourage womanspreading in public transportation.


Now some people are photogenic, they look really good in photos.  But who takes photos, it’s all about selfies now, isn’t it? So our new word selfiegenic is someone who looks attractive in selfies.  I don’t take selfies but I know a lot of you watching are definitely selfiegenic


The world today is obsessed with money, beauty, being famous and…….(wait) DONALD TRUMP..Well, propaganda or information relating to Donald Trump or his administration is now known by a new word.  This is called Trumpaganda.  With the next US elections, we’re going to face a whole lot of Trumpaganda  whether you like it or not


If you are developing a nice little friendship with that cute guy in your class and you’re scared to talk to him in person, chances are that you trying to contact him via the Internet, instant messaging, or social media.  What you are entering into is an elationship  which is : a relationship that only exists through electronic media :

How many of you are in an elationship with the girl next door?


As internet users, we all know what a meme is, for those who don’t, it’s a funny image or video or text that is copied and spread across the internet on facebook or whatsapp.  So our new word “memer” naturally refers to a person who makes or uses memes

You could say My contacts on my phone are full of memers.


Do you know people who don’t seem to grow up? I mean they are all nice and big physically, but their behavior belies their age.  That’s because they behave like little kids.  So here’s a new word for them.  It’s called kadult  referring to : a person who is technically an adult due to age but still acts like a child.  You could say my 25 year old brother is a kadult.


This new word makes me very happy and I’m glad to have learned it.  This is because I am very close to my cousins and a few friends. Sometimes I cant tell which is which.  So the new word I’m talking about is a frousin : This can be used for a friend that is a cousin or a cousin that is a friend.  This is a very close relationship that you’ll have with a person as far as family or friendship goes..so you could say Maya and I have been frousins for a long time now.


I just learned that people are now investing in something new called the bit coin.  And they’re going crazy about it.  I for sure, don’t know what the big deal about bit coin is all about.  But there is a word for these people, yes they are called bitheads: that is people who are investors obsessed with the current bitcoin craze


Do you know what a high five is? Ofcourse you do, but what if I told you to give me a high five with both hands? Then it would technically not be a high five.  Because using two hands means showing 10 fingers right?  So, here’s a new word for it called Ten-up : This is A high five made with both hands.

I gave Daniel a ten-up when he scored the goal.


Now a lot of times many people including myself accidentally end up calling people.  Smart phones these days can do that to you.  In any case this “error” is now known by a new word called accidial (verb) : or the act of dialing someone’s number on your phone accidentally

The other day I accidialed by boss at 5 am, that was quite embarrassing.

I hope these are some fun words that you’ve liked as much as I did.  You can use them in your day to day conversations because they deal with things we use and talk about every single day.  If you have new words to add to this list, please write into us.  I’ll see you soon with some more fun lessons.  And yes, as always don’t forget to like the video, subscribe to the channel and click on the bell icon, you do not want to miss on updates of videos that will only help YOU! take care and keep practicing!


  • Some of the new words listed are pretty cool, others perfectly show how lazy millennials can be. Where is Pedivore, which will become increasingly relevant with all combating of child trafficking going on thanks to Trump. I would urge caution when using Trumpaganda, since I have yet to see a credible case where he wasn’t using at most truthful exaggeration.

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