Whenever I came across the now ubiquitous word “baby bump,” I’d think, “Humph. I had babies before you commented on the bump.” I started noticing other “new” words or usages like that, and the following is a list of words casually compiled from the media and personal conversation in just 2 days. How many of these terms do you think you would have heard just 20 years ago – or maybe even 5 years ago? (Does not include Drug-related terms or technology terms.)

Booty call
I need space
Reach out
Baby bump
Hang in there
Informs my practice
Gangnam Style
Hooking up
The “F” bomb
Helicopter parents
The  Mommy Wars
Tiger moms
Stepping up to the plate (other than in baseball


Street cred

© Dorothy C. Judd

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3 Responses to Neology

  1. Lisa Gross says:

    I love this. It is so true!!

  2. Ann says:

    Yup. I hate them all because they are the lazy person’s way of communicating. Vocabulary levels drop yearly. I blame poor schools and lack of reading by some young people. But I also blame texting, Facebook, Twitter et al – for making us a nation of “shorthand” speakers, similar to the old Western Union telegrams when senders paid for each word, except the word “stop” between each sentence. Sigh!

  3. picheney says:

    some of those i’d never heard. Pi

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