Here are 22 words we’ll use in 2022

The new year means new words to add to our vocabulary. In English, the average person speaks around 7,000 words a day. What if we took the resolution to add 22 more to our everyday vocabulary to start 2022 on a good (lexical) basis?

22 new words to catch up on in your mental dictionary in 2022

Drop: Be careful not to confuse this word with the bob, a hairstyle that regularly comes into fashion with new variations. Blobs fascinate scientists, who claim they can be the source of major discoveries. Endowed with fascinating powers, the blobs are composed of a single giant cell capable of moving, learning and even transmitting knowledge to their fellows. However, it is difficult to characterize them: they are neither animals, nor plants, nor fungi. In the natural state, these organisms live in the forest litter.

The boomerang generation: Not so long ago, young adults returning to live with their parents were viewed with suspicion. They were even considered failures. But things have changed with the pandemic and we are now collectively rethinking relations between generations, that’s good!

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Cannamoms: While the stereotype of someone who uses cannabis daily is that they are young, maybe a student or maybe underemployed, there are others who have adopted it as a regular habit. More and more mothers are taking microdoses of this “soft drug” to relax and help ease their mental load, as described by Danielle Simone Brand in the book “Weed Mom: The Canna-Curious Woman’s Guide to Healthier Relaxation, Happier Parenting, and Chilling TF”. Outside.” While cannamoms are particularly popular in North America, especially in certain American states where it is legal and in Canada, the movement is gaining momentum and attracting more and more young parents. The cannacouple will he be next?

Cheugy: This word has gone from a few references to everywhere last year in the United States, especially on TikTok. And it could well replace the famous “Ok, boomer”. The term refers to people who follow trends considered old-fashioned or outdated and adopt them. And indeed, haven’t we all once wanted to pull out an old pair of Converse or a plaid lumberjack shirt from our closet and wear them shamelessly?

Cryptocurrency: Bitcoins, Ethereum or Ripple? Haven’t we all at one time or another dreamed of making a fortune with one of these digital currencies? Also called “virtual currency”, this new form of 100% dematerialized currency allows the exchange of assets between individuals without the intermediary of a bank and without paper support. Currently, there are over 6,000 different cryptocurrencies in the world.

Cycle logistics: As of 2020, bicycles have created a mini-revolution on the streets of many cities. First, there was the idea of ​​the commuter bike to go to work. Now it’s time for “cycling logistics”, more specifically delivery by cargo bike. These odd-looking bikes, capable of carrying tens of pounds, are increasingly being used for last-mile deliveries because they’re fast, nimble, and able to weave through the jungles of cities.

De-consumerism: The notion that gave rise to deconsumerism was theorized by the English researcher Chris Goodall, known for his term “peak stuff”, and described by the French author Cécile Désaunay in the essay “La société de déconsumption: la Révolution du vivre better by consuming less”. (The society of the consumer: the revolution to live better by consuming less), published in February 2021. The principle is simple: adopt a thoughtful and thoughtful consumption, for example by focusing more on one’s needs and by favoring quality over quantity. . Concretely, this can be illustrated by choosing to make fewer gifts at Christmas or to opt for second-hand purchases.

Frugalism: The term refers to a lifestyle of saving money with the intention of working less and enjoying life to the full. This movement first emerged in the United States, where it is known as “Financial Independence, Retire Early” (FIRE). Because for many, the goal of this approach is to retire as soon as possible! At 50, or even 40, if finances permit.

Fluid gender: Gender identity continues its revolution. We no longer only speak of “feminine” and “masculine”. Some people willingly embrace the feminine and the masculine or simply wish to free themselves completely from these two concepts. Hence the increasing use of the terms “genderfluid” and “non-binary”. A gender identity that has been gaining visibility in the media in recent years, especially in the second season of the series “Sex Education”, broadcast on Netflix in September 2021.

GOAT: What do Meryl Streep and Tom Brady have in common? Netizens refer to them both as “GOAT”, an acronym for “Greatest of All Time”. This expression appeared in the 90s but has recently gained momentum thanks to social networks. Rafael Nadal and Eminem are also considered GOATs in their respective professions. Be careful, however, not to confuse it with “goat”, which is also sometimes used as an abbreviation for “scapegoat”.

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Infodemic: Fake news, misinformation and disinformation are being scrutinized more than ever. This word refers to a mixture of both accurate and inaccurate information about a subject. The overabundance of online and offline information has a direct impact on our ability to understand the stakes of a phenomenon as complex as the pandemic, climate change or the political climate.

JOMO: This acronym, in direct opposition to FOMO (fear of missing out) designates the “joy of missing out”, the joy that some people can feel when they do not go to all the events to which they are invited. Don’t want to attend your postman’s nephew’s baptism or your aunt’s distant cousin’s birthday party? Don’t be ashamed to decline the invitation and adopt the JOMO attitude.

Mentalization: A somewhat scholarly term, but which refers to a now well-known fact of women and their contributions made invisible over the centuries, by and for men. Inspired by the term “gentrification”, this word was theorized by Australian writer and activist Van Badham. No area is spared, be it cinema, gastronomy, arts or sciences. An example of mentrification to learn? Albert Einstein had a wife, Mileva Marić-Einstein, with whom he discovered the famous theory of relativity. However, it’s a safe bet that this is the first time you’ve heard of his participation.

Metavers: A contraction of “meta” and “universe”, this new term describes a perfect replica of our world, but in a 100% digital version. A parallel universe in virtual reality, only accessible via the internet. While the idea of ​​the metaverse is only slowly taking shape, it promises us interactions free of any physical constraint.

My: “Hygge” in Denmark, “Niksen” in the Netherlands… The countries of Northern Europe are the champions of life philosophies centered on well-being. The Swedes also have one: “Mys”. Derived from the Swedish word “fredagsmys” (which can be translated as “cozy Friday”), this concept simply consists of taking the time to relax while enjoying the sweetness of life, for example by tasting your favorite dishes or agreeing an evening at home but far from the screens. An art of living that is reminiscent of the famous “Hakuna Matata” mantra of Timon and Pumbaa in “The Lion King”… and which applies perfectly to this beginning of the year as the pandemic continues to plague us. to weigh.

Neopronouns: Think you know all the pronouns? Think again. Although many people wishing to move away from binary pronouns use the gender-neutral “they”, others choose not to, either to avoid singular/plural confusion or because they want to express something about themselves. themselves. You might be used to hearing and using phrases like: “Love the new Sam Smith album; they are my favorite artist,” but there are others like ze, per, ey, e… as well as a noun-pronoun system that uses an existing word of the individual’s choice.

NFT: Meaning non-fungible tokens, Collins Dictionary made it its word of the year in 2021. But it’s a safe bet that few of us really understand what this acronym is, designating digital objects whose authenticity is verified by blockchain technology. It may seem very technical, but they allow you to become the official owner of tweets, memes and GIFs… and to be able to brag about them openly on social networks. #To classify.

Plasticrust: Certainly, this word is not likely to be part of your daily conversations. But more and more of you are saying so if you walk on the beach and see a strange blue hue embedded in the rocks of the coastline. These colored fragments actually correspond to microparticles of plastic released by the oceans. The phenomenon was discovered in 2016 by Portuguese scientists during an expedition to the island of Madeira. And, sadly, that’s probably not the only place on the planet where these plastic scabs can be seen.

Working : Working more to earn more is not a new concept. What if, in 2022, we set ourselves the principle that working less can allow us to be more efficient? This is the ideology of “slow work”. Farewell to the pressure of deadlines and the endless cycles of urgent projects, it’s about taking your time, a bit like we do with “slow cooking” or “slow travel”. Slowing down is definitely “the new cool”.

Web3: The average Internet user has never heard of Web 3.0, while the technophiles keep talking about it. This refers to the idea that cryptocurrencies and blockchain could help decentralize the internet. The platforms and applications built on Web3 will not be the property of a central actor but will belong to the users themselves. Nothing less than a democratic revolution.

Awakening : This word has been around for a few years of course, but you will hear more about it. While it started being used in the United States in 2014, it was first heard by many in 2020 when the Black Lives Matter movement gained momentum. “Wokeness” comes from the English verb “wake” and refers to the awakening of consciousness around societal struggles such as feminism, anti-racism or decolonialism. It has become common to hear it spoken of pejoratively by the right in the culture wars.

Zenians: You’ve heard of Millennials and Gen Z. Now it’s about Zennials. This micro-generation refers to “adultescents” born between 1992 and 1998. They incorporate the characteristics of Millennials and Gen Z, to the delight of brands. Addicts to TikTok and concerned about the environment, they embrace second-hand goods while having a cheugy attitude. Hard to define? Yes, but that’s not a problem for them!

This story first appeared via AFP Relax News.

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