Thursday, 2 January 2014

New Year: New Words

Happy New Year! The fresh new year of 2014 dawns and I trust that you, dear reader, had a couple of weeks of festive fun with friends and family, full of the wealth of good cheer and the warmth of great conversation.

However, it has come to my notice that certain words are being overused. The BBC has helpfully put together a list of said words here. So I thought it was time to offer you some replacement and additional words to use in the coming year.

2013
Optional historic word
The 2014 word?
Twerk
Jitterbug
Shiffle
Selfie
Daguerreotype
Look
Passion
Commitment
Promise
Look
Focus
See
Robust
Strong
Bendy
So
Therefore
Here
Delivery
Outcome
Difference
Project
Initiative
Action
Hashtag
Meme
Connection
Amazeballs
Amazing
Shining
Doing
Having
Making
Absolutely
Surely
Yes
Fail
Incorrect
No
Responsible
Accountable
Serious
Anyway
Okay
Yeah-no
Possibly
Yes/No/Maybe
Legacy
Consequence
Change
Hipster
Hipster
Follower
Geek
Nerd
Technologist
Iconic
Totemic
Unique

And half a dozen new words for 2014:
  • Tecknowledgist: someone who uses technology to build knowledge for all in an accessible and inclusive way
  • Wickivist: someone who takes action to address 'wicked' social problems (rather than just analyse, moan or sign online petitions about them)
  • Honetitian: a politician who answers question honestly, personally and authentically, unshackled by dogma, being 'on message' or fudgey finagling 
  • Vervacious: having the quality of intense life affirming confidence that makes others feel confident too (Beyonc√© is vervacious)
  • Paxic: an approach to change & disturbance which looks for common ground first (second, third...) and finds points of agreement on which to build peace and community integration
  • Frission: the power, warmth and energy that happens when friends come together face to face and talk (rather than just remotely text/gram/chat)

What is your new word for 2014?

3 comments:

  1. "relational state" stolen from clever policy research people.... like the word but love the cencept

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  2. "relational state" stolen from clever policy research people.... like the word but love the cencept

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    1. Thanks. But what does the phrase mean Di?

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