Best Slang of the Year 2015

With the New Year fast approaching, it is a popular time for everyone to look back and remember the past year.
In this spirit of reflection, I have put together a small list of some of the most popular slang words that were used in 2015.
Take a look and see if you can recognize any of it. Do you know any slang from 2015 that you think should be on the list?


1. Binge watch (verb)BingeWatching2

To watch a television series (or movie trilogy) non-stop during an evening, weekend, or other extended period of time.

Example: I am so tired today, because I stayed up all night last night to binge watch the new season of the Walking Dead.

2. Dadbod (noun)dadbod

A word combining “dad” and “body”. It doesn’t actually matter if the man is a father or not. The idea is of a man who may exercise occasionally, but has some fat because he likes to eat hamburgers and chicken wings and definitely enjoys drinking beer. It can be used to mean a good thing or as an insult. That is up to you and what you think of the dadbod.

Example: Her new boyfriend has a dadbod for sure. I don’t think he works out very often.

3. Clean-eating (noun)clean eating

This noun comes from the trend of eating anything that is healthy and organic. Usually “clean-eating” means no pesticides, growth hormones or genetically modified ingredients.

Example: My mom is completely into clean-eating. She won’t eat anything from a package anymore.

4. The feels (noun)feels

This is a shortened version of “feelings” and explains a wave of emotion that is usually unexpected. It is usually a good feeling like nostalgia or happiness.

Example: This puppy video on Youtube really gives me the feels. I cry every time I see it!

5. Lumbersexual (noun)lumberjack

This describes a man whose style is a bit like a very clean lumberjack. This is a more rugged version of the “metrosexual” style. He usually has a beard and wears flannel and work boots. Unlike a real lumberjack, he just looks like he lives and works outdoors in the forest. In reality, he is probably a barista or a graphic designer.

Example:
Mary: Is Jennifer’s new boyfriend a lumberjack?
Amy: No, he is just a lumbersexual. I think he works in accounting.

Bonus:

Here is the Oxford English Dictionary’s “Word of the Year”:

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It’s not a word! This emoji or pictograph was chosen as “Word of the Year” from an online poll. (Keep in mind that this “study” was done in partnership with SwiftKey, who is the maker of these often-used emoticons.)

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