New Words and phrases
Yesterday I had happened to see an article written by Dr Albert p Rayan, the Editor of Eltecs ISL Newsletter and an Elt resource person and Associate Professor at KCG College of Technology Chennai. He asked that, "How does a word get into a dictionary? To decide which words to include in the dictionary and to determine what they mean, editors of dictionaries study the language as it's used.They monitor which words people use most often and how they use them" . Fields such as technology, politics, pop culture and sports give birth to new words.
According to him Some of the words that have gained legitimacy are,Social media, tweet, m-commerce, crowdsourcing, bromance,upskilling,cougar, helicopter parent and boomerang child. He gives definitions and example sentences of some words.
1) Crowdsourcing:A blend of 'crowd' and 'outsourcing', is the practice of obtaining information from a large group of people from the online community rather than from traditional employee or suppliers. Example, Crowdsourcing can improve productivity and creativity while minimizing labor and research expenses.
2) M-comerce: A business transaction conducted using a mobile electronic device such as a mobile phone. eg: IBM survey shows considerable increase in Christmas Day m-commerce.
3) Cougar: A middle-aged woman who is primarily attracted to and has sex with significantly younger men.The cougar phenomenon was see in 'the Graduate', in which middle-aged Mr Robinson seduces fresh-out-of-college Benjamin Braddock.
4) Bromance: A blend of 'bro' and 'romance' it is a closed non- sexual friendship between men. Example: A Bromance is definitely developing between Tony Dara Angnza, Michael Cera and Martin Starr after a few hours of hanging out.