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 New Words in English 

New words and terms coined in recent years,
beginning with 'E' and 'F'


  • earworm
    • A tune that keeps repeating itself over and over again in our heads.
  • e-cruitment
    • Online recruitment of employees, including online submission of resumes and cover letters.
  • e-lancer
    • A professional person who works from home and sells their services on the internet.
  • elbow bump
    • Greeting someone by touching elbows, a way of avoiding hand-touching.
  • emoji
    • Small icon  or digital image used to express an idea or emotion in emails, text messages and webpages.
  • emoticon
    • A blend of 'emotion' and 'icon'.
      A symbol, used in email and text messages, which is made out of punctuation marks and resembles a human face. It is used to convey the emotional attitude of the writer.
  • e-piracy
    • Electronic piracy.
      Illegal downloading of material found on the internet (films, music, etc.)
  • e-quaintance
    • A person you know only through online networks.
  • e-stalk
    • To stalk (follow) someone using Internet searches and email.
  • essential workers
    • People allowed to continue working in their usual workplace despite restrictions, for example medical staff, emergency personnel, postal services, grocery store workers, delivery drivers, etc.
  • EV
    • Electric vehicle.
      A vehicle which runs entirely on electricity stored in rechargeable batteries.
  • e-waste
    • Electronic material and devices that have been thrown away.
  •  F 

  • face time
    • Application which enables people to make video phone calls. They can speak and see each other at the same time.
  • fandom
    • Blend of’ fan’ and the suffix ‘-dom’, (as in 'kingdom').
      The fans of a particular person, team, etc. regarded collectively as a community.
  • fashionista
    • A person who dresses according to the latest fashion trends.
  • favicon
    • Favourite icon.
      A tiny little graphic that appears when you bookmark a site.
  • finlit / fin lit
    • Financial literacy.
      Knowledge and understanding of financial language and issues related to finance.
  • flame war
    • A period during which angry or rude email messages are exchanged.
  • flash mob
    • A crowd that gathers in a pre-determined place, performs an action then disperses very quickly. The mob is not told exactly what to do until just before the event.
  • flexitarian
    • A vegetarian who sometimes eats meat or fish.
  • flotus
    • First Lady Of The United States.
  • freemale
    • A woman who is happy to stay single and independent so that she can do what she wants when she wants.
  • flightmare
    • Blend of 'flight' and 'nightmare'.
      Unpleasant air travel experience (lost luggage, missed connections, etc.)
  • flog
    • A fake blog.
      A blog (online journal) which appears to have been written by an independent person but has in fact been created by a company or business in order to advertise a product or service.
  • floordrobe
    • Blend of 'floor' and 'wardrobe'.
      An untidy pile of clothes that have been dropped on the floor of a room. Teenagers tend to develop floordrobes.
  • foodoir
    • A blend of 'food' and 'memoir'.
      An account of someone's life or personal experiences, with a strong emphasis on food, often including recipes and cookery advice.
  • fracking
    • A method of extracting oil or natural gas from rock formations deep below the earth's surface, by drilling and creating cracks.
  • frape
    • Blend of ‘Facebook’ and ‘rape’.
      Making changes to someone’s Facebook pages without their knowledge or permission.
  • frenemy
    • An enemy who pretends to be your friend.
  • frostjack / frostjacking
    • A blend of the words 'frost' and 'hijack'.
      Stealing a car on a cold day when the owner leaves the engine running to defrost the windows.
  • funemployed / funemployment
    • A blend of 'fun' and 'unemployed' or 'unemployment'' meaning enjoyable unemployment.
      Someone who enjoys not having a job because they receive unemployment benefits from the state and have time for leisure and fun activities.
  • funkinetics
    • A form of energetic step aerobics that mixes exercise and soul music.

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