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New Words You May Not Know About

Updated: Mar 28, 2023

Dictionary.com has added lots of new words to its listings. Here are a handful of OGN's favourites.


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Cakeage (noun): A fee charged by a restaurant for serving a cake brought in from outside. The word cakeage (often used in the phrase cakeage fee) is modeled on corkage, the term for the fee charged for bringing wine to a restaurant.


Cakeism (noun): The false belief that one can enjoy the benefits of two choices that are in fact mutually exclusive, or have it both ways. The first records of the term come from 2016. Derived from the expression “to have one’s cake and eat it, too,” the term is especially associated with Brexit and Boris Johnson.


Nearlywed (noun): A person who lives with another in a life partnership, sometimes engaged with no planned wedding date, sometimes with no intention of ever marrying. Nearlywed is modeled on newlywed, which is most often used in the plural to refer to a recently married couple.


Northpaw (noun): An athlete, usually a pitcher or boxer, who is right-handed or competes as a right-hander. Formed by analogy from southpaw, which has long been used to refer to left-handers.


Petfluencer (noun): A person who gains a large following on social media by posting entertaining images or videos of their cat, dog, or other pet.


Pinkwashing (noun): An instance or practice of acknowledging and promoting the civil liberties of the LGBTQ+ community, but superficially, as a ploy to divert attention from allegiances and activities that are in fact hostile to such liberties.


Superdodger (noun): Pathology. Anyone who, for unverified reasons, remains uninfected or asymptomatic even after repeated exposure to a contagious virus.


Tifo (noun): Chiefly Soccer. A coordinated display, including large banners, flags, and sometimes signs or cards, executed cooperatively or performed in unison by the most fervent supporters and ultra fans in the stadium.

 
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