Generation Vocab

By Aimee Best, Junior Copywriter
06/08/2018

As we now live in a world of ‘memes’, ‘face swapping’ and ‘FOMO’ – Generation Z will never quite know the influence they’ve had on our linguistics. With our lives revolving around our phones, it’s strange to think certain words we use every day didn’t even exist 20 years ago.

Words such as ‘robo-adviser’, ‘airplane mode’, ‘screen grab’, ‘bug bounty’, ‘deep dive’, ‘dabbing’, ‘fidget spinner’, ‘popcorn movie’ and ‘cheat day’ now hold pride of place in the Oxford English Dictionary. Yes, you read that right – ‘dabbing’ is in the dictionary.

And it’s strange to say, as a so-called ‘Millennial’, that I didn’t know what some of these words meant. And you know what else is crazy? The majority of these words have all stemmed from the evolution of smartphones and social media.

I’m intrigued to see what our vocab’s going to be like in 50 years’ time.

If you want to find out what some of these words even mean, check out Oxford Dictionaries’ blog post here.

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