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Words that boggled our mind in 2018


1. Floccinaucinihilipilification

Meaning: Act or habit of estimating something as worthless (noun)


It won't be legit to start talking about words and not mention Mr. Shashi Tharoor. So while introducing his new book "The Paradoxical Prime Minister", he also introduced this 29-letter word which left everyone awestruck.


2. Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia

Meaning: Name given to phobia of long words (noun)


And just a day after "Floccinaucinihilipilification", Shashi Tharoor did it again, making Twitterati open dictionary.


3. Webqoof

Meaning: a person who believes every word or information on the Internet and social media. (adj.)


In the era of fake news and the disastrous impact it has on the audience, "Webqoof" has to be highlighted. In fact, The Quint launched its fact-checking initiative, Webqoof. It’s a newsroom-wide effort, with journalists producing informative articles and videos about spotting ‘fake news’ and working closely with regional and local media and a handful of fact-checking sites to debunk hoaxes and false claims.


4. Phubbing

Meaning: the practice of ignoring one's companion or companions in order to pay attention to one's phone or other mobile device. (noun)


The term was coined as part of a campaign by Macquarie Dictionary to describe the habit of snubbing someone in favor of a mobile phone. This term is highly relevant for the year 2018 where almost all of us have been guilty of "phubbing".


5. Gig economy

Meaning: An economy where organisations and businesses rely more on freelancers and independent workers, contracted on a short-term basis, than they do on permanent staff. (noun)


This phrase was introduced due to a major change in the traditional foundations of the global economy which we’ve had since the industrial revolution, which relies on permanent employment.


6. Bingeable

Meaning: Having multiple episodes or parts that can be watched in rapid succession : suitable for binge-watching (adj.).


To say that the internet has played a massive role in the shaping of global society is a bit of an understatement, really, but one area that often gets overlooked is its influence on language. Taking a step further , Merriam-Webster has now formally included "bingeable" in the dictionary.


7. Textrovert

Meaning: One who feels an increased sense of bravery over texting, as opposed to in person. (adj.)

When you meet a ‘textrovert’ in person, he or she is like an introvert — very shy and has very little to say. But when this individual starts texting, he or she becomes a totally different person. He or she comes across as an extrovert, sounds confident, speaks his mind and has many interesting things to say.



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