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 New Words in English 

New words and terms coined in recent years,
beginning with 'J', 'K', 'L', 'M', and 'N'


  • jeggings
    • Blend of 'jean' and 'leggings'.
      Tight-fitting stretch trousers for women made from a denim fabric with the elasticity of a legging. They resemble a pair of denim jeans with fake pockets and belt loops.
  • jigsaw family
    • A family which includes the children from each partner's previous relationship(s), in addition to any children they may have together.
  • jumbrella
    • Blend of 'jumbo' and 'umbrella'.
      Very large umbrella set above tables outdoors at a coffee shop, pub or restaurant.
  •  K 

  • kidulting
    • A blend of 'kid' and 'adult'
      A recent trend among adults who enjoy games and activities traditionally intended for children.
  • koozie
    • A thermal foam sleeve to put around a can or bottle to keep the content cool.
  •  L 

  • leetspeak
    • Leet (short for ‘elite’), or the numerical variation 1337, is a jargon term which refers to people with advanced computer and gaming skills or programming knowledge. In leetspeak the user replaces letters with numbers and symbols.
  • legsie
    • A photograph taken by yourself of your suntanned legs to show that you are enjoying your holiday. (The sand and sea are usually visible in the picture.)
  • listicle
    • An article in the form of a list published in a newspaper, magazine or online. For example "The ten most interesting places to visit".
  • locavore
    • A person who only eats food produced locally.
  • loom band
    • A small bracelet made from brightly-coloured rubber bands which are woven together in a variety of configurations.
  •  M 

  • mailbomb
    • To deliberately try to disrupt another computer system by sending massive amounts of email to it.
  • manspreading
    • Men taking up too much space on public transport by sitting with their legs wide apart and encroaching upon their neghbour's space.
  • me time
    • A period of time spent exclusively on yourself doing something that you enjoy and allows you to relax.
  • meh
    • Interjection used to express indifference or to show that one simply does not care. Equivalent to shrugging one’s shoulders. Used as an adjective it means 'mediocre'.
  • meme
    • A meme can be a photo, video, fictional character, symbol, quote, story, song, idea, or anything else, that goes viral online, spreading from person to person very quickly.
  • meritocracy
    • The idea that merit and individual effort determine one's success rather than wealth or birth.
  • micro-condo
    • A very small apartment (most often found in cities where housing is very expensive).
  • mocktail
    • Non-alcoholic drink that looks like a cocktail.
  •  N 

  • nail tat
    • A temporary tattoo applied to the nails.
  • nano break
    • A one-night holiday, or going away from home for one night.
  • netbook
    • Small laptop computer which weighs less than 3 pounds and has a 7 to 10 inch screen.
  • netiquette
    • Blend of 'network' and 'etiquette'.
      Set of rules governing appropriate behaviour and courtesy on the internet.
  • netizen
    • Blend of 'internet' and 'citizen'.
      A person who spends an excessive amount of time on the internet.
  • netpicker
    • A person who surfs the internet looking for information in order to impress others with their knowledge of current events.
  • nevertiree
    • A person who continues to work after they have reached the age of retirement.
  • newbie
    • A new member of any group, community, or activity.

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