Dictionary Collins has compiled a list of words to watch for 2009, with the most frequently used one on its way to dictionary addition.
Last year, new words introduced into Collins' official word list included credit crunch, sub-prime and downturn.
Released on the publication of the latest edition of the Gem dictionary, the new list reflects the economic gloom hanging over the world. The new words will be monitored over the coming months to see if they deserve an entry.
Words like bad bank have made it into the list, meaning a state-owned financial institution created to alleviate a financial crisis, or recessionista -- a person whose clothes, whether cheap, second-hand or subtly subdued, are considered appropriate to an economic downturn
The increasing dominance of social networking sites in our lives is reflected in the list, with a high proportion of the nominated terms born out of our changing online habits.
Leading the pack is the phrase social notworking, referring to the practice of wasting time on social networks such as Facebook during working hours.
It's joined by the phrase anti-social networking which refers to a website that allows users to list people they don't like and don't want to contact.
On a similar theme, Collins is also considering defriend for inclusion, which refers to the act of removing someone from a list of friends on a social networking website.
The complete list is here:
- staycation n informal: holiday spent at home, especially due to straitened financial circumstances.
- brickor mortis n informal: a period of difficult times in the housing industry.
:: recessionista n informal: a person whose clothes, whether cheap, second-hand or subtly subdued, are considered appropriate to an economic downturn.
- bad bank n informal: a state-owned financial institution created to alleviate a financial crisis.
- credit-crunched adj informal: adversely affected by a credit crunch.
- SUB: sport utility bike: a bike capable of carrying passengers or cargo.
- ecotarianism n: the principal or practice of avoiding eating any foods whose production or transportation are considered ecologically damaging.
- anti-social networking site n informal: a website that allows users to, among other things, list the people they dislike and do not want any contact with.
- defriend v: to remove someone from one's list of friends on a social networking website.
- social notworking n jocular: the practice of spending time unproductively on social networking websites especially when one should be working.
- textism n: a word or abbreviation typically used in a text message.
- mancation n: an all-male group holiday.
- manscaping n: the aesthetic grooming of a man's bodily hair.
These words will make their way into the dictionary after being judged on where and how often they are used, and in how many texts they appear over the course of the year.