As a language, English has long been in a state of constant flux due to folks who insist on using words like “ain’t” and “finalize.” Purists may resist these changes at first, but inevitably these neologisms and odd turns of phrase will make their way into the mainstream and become accepted as legitimate English.
Back in January 2014, we posted a list of social media, website, and ecommerce-inspired words that had beaten the odds and wormed their way into the Oxford Dictionaries. Well, it looks like this internet thing might be here to stay, so here are some more digitally-influenced words and phrases that have recently joined the English collective.
Online article with a provocative (often controversial) headline, intended to get readers to click through to that website.
He says he’s a political blogger, but his posts are nothing but clickbait.
Someone who expresses insincere concern about an issue to undermine or discourage genuine discussion.
The concern troll totally derailed the comments section with her hysterical “WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN???” post.
A computer expert who specializes in infiltrating or sabotaging information systems, or in protecting systems from outside attack.
With the increase in computer attacks, the government is scrambling to enlist cyberwarriors to fight back.
“In case you missed it…” Used online to point out something noteworthy.
ICYMI, here’s a link to the latest Star Wars Episode VII trailer!
An article that is presented wholly or partly in the form of a list.
I suppose, technically speaking, this blog post is a listicle.
To angrily abandon an activity that has become frustrating, especially a video game.
I rage-quit Candy Crush Saga after getting stuck on level 350, and that’s why I need a new phone.
A registered user of the website Reddit.
In a popular Ask Reddit thread on Tuesday, Redditors explained in excruciating detail why they feel J.J. Abrams has single-handedly destroyed the Star Wars and Star Trek franchises.
“Shaking my head.” Used online to express disapproval, frustration, exasperation, etc.
SMH at the concern trolls in the comments section.
A rod on which a camera (or smartphone) can be mounted, allowing the person holding it to take a self-portrait from a wider angle.
Comic-Con organizers recently banned selfie sticks, claiming that “protruding cameras and phones sticking up in the air are a definite hazard.”
A post (on Twitter) that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them. Typically done to mock or criticize someone without drawing their attention.
Even though I didn’t include her Twitter handle, she found out what I had posted and fired off a passive-aggressive subtweet of her own.
To register approval (upvote) or disapproval (downvote) of online content by means of a specific icon.
EnlightenMe.com recently added a thumbs up and a thumbs down icon, so you can upvote and downvote the content you read.
“What do you think?” Used online to solicit opinions.
IMHO*, saying you’re good at Candy Crush Saga is like saying you’re good at flipping coins… WDYT?
“You only live once.” Used online by annoying folks to justify their impulsive or reckless behavior. May also be used ironically by others to mock said annoying folks.
“…and then I drank a beer and stood up in the back seat of a convertible. YOLO, am I right?”
A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site.
Inspired by the success of internet stars Andy Samberg and Grace Helbig, a lot of YouTubers are now hoping to land TV deals.
*IMHO is an abbreviation for “In my humble opinion.” ICYMI, this particular word was added to the Oxford Dictionaries back in 2010.