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Etymology Corner – ‘Shaming’

To celebrate Collins Word of the Year 2015, we explore the etymology of ‘shaming’.   March 2015 saw the publication of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by the journalist Jon Ronson, a book that shone a spotlight on the current trend for mounting campaigns to heap opprobrium on people who… Read More

Etymology Corner – ‘Corbynomics’

To celebrate Collins Word of the Year 2015, we explore the etymology of ‘Corbynomics’.   Jeremy Corbyn’s successful campaign to become the new leader of the British Labour Party was based on some radical economic policies. He rejected the prevailing idea that the government should cut its spending in order… Read More

Etymology Corner – ‘Binge-Watch’

To celebrate Collins Word of the Year 2015, we explore the etymology of ‘binge-watch’.   There was a time when the fans of a television programme would experience a sense of gloom when the closing credits rolled, knowing that they had to wait for a full week until the next… Read More

‘Binge-watch’ – Collins Word of the Year 2015

“Just one more”. Something we’ve all said at some point this year while sat in front of the TV, and we’re not talking about glasses of wine. Thanks to some tortuous cliff-hangers, puzzling ‘who-done-its’ and another rainy British summer – ‘Binge-watch’ has been revealed as the 2015 Collins Word of… Read More

Top 10 Collins Words of the Year

‘Binge-watch’ has been named Collins Word of the Year 2015 thanks to a dramatic increase in usage. Here’s the words that made the top 10 list: Binge-watchTo watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession Dadbod… Read More
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Collins Word of the Year 2013 is…

Hurrah! Christmas is nearly here. Time to unpack the box of word-baubles the year has given us, wind a few glittering strings of semantics round the tree, sit back and drink deeply of their twinkling delights. Time, in short, to introduce Collins’ words of the year; welcome to our window… Read More
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Our 12 words of 2012

Earlier this year, CollinsDictionary.com opened its doors to new word submissions. Your response has been totes amazeballs and fandabidozi. To date we have taken almost 7,400 new word submissions, each and every one a celebration of our ever changing language and… Read More