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Top 10 words of the year

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Collins Dictionary released their words of the year Collins Dictionary released their words of the year
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There are 55 days left in the year as of today, which means we've gone through 310 already. Now in that 310 days, you may have heard some new words. 

The good people at Collins Dictionary have said, "You know what? We don't even need the next 55 days. We're going to announce our words of the year right now." 

So while disregarding the fact that 2015 isn't even over yet, here are the words of the year, according to Collins Dictionary. 

Word of the Year:

  • Binge-watch: "To watch a large number of television shows (especially all the shows from one series) in succession."
    • I recently began watching Downton Abbey and by that I mean I started the first episode and six hours later found myself already on Season 2 hoping coward Thomas got more than just a hole in his hand during the war. Coward. 

The rest of the list:

  • Dadbod: An untoned and slightly plump male physique, esp one considered attractive
    • I'm not sure if you need to be a dad to have a dadbod, but I better have a kid soon so at least then I'll have an excuse. 
  • Shaming: The act or practice of attempting to embarrass a person or group by drawing attention to their perceived offense, esp on social media
    • Shaming can be fun (like calling out your dog for spilling an entire can of paint while they were jumping up on the counter looking for food), or it can be a form of bullying. I prefer the fun way. 
  • Corbynomics: The economic policies advocated by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the UK Labour Party from 2015. 
    • This word solidifies the fact that this list was made by a dictionary in Glasgow, because as up to speed as I like to consider myself on politics, I don't understand the reference. But if you want to know more about Corbyn, here you go. 
  • Clean-eating: The practice of following a diet that contains only natural foods, and is low in sugar, salt, and fat. 
    • Translation: Rabbit food. Although perhaps if I followed this a little more closely, I could get rid of my "dadbod." Two words, one stone. Boom. 
  • Ghosting: The act or an instance of ending a romantic relationship by not responding to attempts to communicate by the other part.
  • Swipe: To move a finger across a touchscreen on an electronic device as a means of inputting a command
  • Contactless: Referring to payment systems which use RFID technology and do not require the customer's signature or pin number
    • "Ghosting"... "Swiping"... "Contactless". Relationships are all built on our smartphones now. We're that much closer to never having to leave our house for anything! And if we do, we're going to save precious seconds by just flashing a card at a machine. Yay future!
  • Manspreading: The practice by a male passenger on public transport of sitting with his legs wide apart, so denying space to passengers beside him.
    • We don't have the public transportation system of London or New York, so I'm not sure if this is a problem on STA, but if you're doing it, stop. 
  • Transgender: Of or relating to a person whose gender identity does not fully correspond to the sex assigned to them at birth.
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