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 New Words in English 

New words and terms coined in recent years,
beginning with 'G', 'H' and 'I'


     G 

  • gastropub
    • A pub which, in addition to beer and alcoholic drinks, offers gastronomic cuisine.
  • gastrosexuals
    • A new generation of men who see cooking more as a hobby than a household chore, and use their cooking skills to impress friends and potential partners.
  • geek
    • A person who is obsessively concentrated on a particular interest, especially new technological devices.
  • generation snowflake
    • A derisive reference to today’s teens and young adults (called ‘millennials’) who are viewed as being more easily offended and less resilient than previous generations. Generation Snowflake believe that it is their right to be protected from anything they might find unpalatable or makes them feel uncomfortable.
  • glad rags
    • Your best clothes or dressy clothes you wear on special occasions.
  • glamping
    • Blend of 'glamour' and 'camping'.
      Luxury camping : sleeping in the open but with every comfort including cooking equipment.
  • glass cliff
    • Refers to a situation where women are selected for positions when there is a strong likelihood of failure.
  • gran-lit
    • Books that appeal more to older people.
  • greycation
    • Going on holiday or vacation with grandparents in order to reduce the cost.
  • guesstimate
    • Blend of 'guess' and 'estimate'.
      A rough estimate without any claim of accuracy.
  •  H 

  • hacktivist
    • A person who breaks into a computer system for a political or socially-motivated purpose, usually to transmit a message.
  • hashtag
    • The # symbol (hashtag) is used on social networking services such as Twitter to identify a keyword or topic of interest and search for messages (tweets) related to the subject.
  • hater
    • A person who greatly dislikes someone or something and makes unpleasant comments about them, especially online.
      Also: A social networking app which allows people to share their dislikes.
  • haycation
    • A holiday or vacation spent on a farm.
  • hearable
    • Electronic device worn in the ear which incorporates a computer or technical gadget to provide information, music, etc. for example applications related to fitness.
  • HENRY
    • Abbreviation of high earner not rich yet; refers to a person with an income between $100,000 and $250,000.
  • hoody / hoodie
    • A person, especially a youth, wearing a hooded top.
  • hotdesking
    • A modern way of working in offices, usually in large companies. In a hot-desking office there are a certain number of desks and computers available for employees, and anyone who needs them can use them.
  • hotspot
    • Location in which wireless Internet access is available for example airports, hotels, train stations, etc.
  • hoverboard
    • A two-wheeled board resembling a skateboard on which the rider stands. The device is a type of portable, rechargeable battery-powered scooter.
  • humblebrag
    • To say something with apparent modesty but at the same time actually boast about an achievement.
  • hygge
    • A Danish concept of creating a cosy convivial atmosphere in which people can relax and enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
  • hyperconnected
    • To be able to communicate and be instantly reachable through multiple devices with Internet connectivity (smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc.).
  •  I 
  • ICE number
    • In Case of Emergency.
      The telephone number of a friend or relative who should be contacted in an emergency situation. The ICE number is stored in your mobile phone and identified in your address book by the prefix ICE, for example ICE1 or ICE Mum.
  • impactful
    • Having a great impact or effect, or making a strong impression.
  • infomania
    • Constantly checking and responding to email and text messages.
  • infomercial
    • Blend of ’information’ and ‘commercial’.
      A short sponsored film, usually on television, which promotes a product in an instructive way. Infomercials aim at demonstrating the use and benefits of a product in order to encourage sales.
  • infotainment
    • Blend of 'information' and 'entertainment'.
      A television program that combines journalism and entertainment, and presents a combination of news and entertaining content such as interviews and reviews.
  • it bag
    • High-priced designer handbag that is the bag "of the moment", or a "must-have" item.
  • it girl
    • A girl who has become a celebrity more through intense media coverage than through any personal achievements (for example, Paris Hilton).

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