Language expert ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD reveals bizarre new words IN 2022

Why queenagers go to work in their flatforms (unless they’re laid low by flurona): The bizarre new words and phrases that emerged in 2022

  • Meatspace: The physical world, in contrast to cyberspace
  • Soysage: A vegetarian sausage made with soy protein
  • Flurona: Being infected with flu and Covid-19 at the same time.
  • Carolean: The new monarchical era relating to King Charles III

Have you fallen foul of ‘skimpflation’, or contracted ‘flurona’ – perhaps during the recent ‘flockdown’? Or was this the year you discovered the joy of ‘fexting’, or a taste for ‘soysage’? 

If this all sounds like gibberish, language expert ADAM JACOT DE BOINOD reveals some of the new words and phrases that emerged in 2022.

Nepo baby Child of an actor, a model or a musician who achieves success because of their famous parent (right: Model Kate Moss with her daughter Lila)

Fluffernutter: A sandwich of marshmallow spread and peanut butter on white bread

Flockdown 

Confining birds, especially chickens, indoors to prevent the spread of avian flu. 

Rain bomb 

A sudden gust of wind during a thunderstorm that blows down from the sky, bringing with it a large quantity of rain. 

Meatspace 

The physical world, in contrast to cyberspace. 

Sponcon 

Content posted on social media that appears as a typical post but which is actually a paid-for advertisement. 

Kniffiti  

Knitted or sometimes crocheted, items left in public places as decoration.

Fexting 

The act of fighting with someone by exchanging text messages rather than speaking on the phone or face-to-face. 

Copypasta 

Data that’s been copied and spread online. 

Warm bank 

A heated building used by those who can’t afford to warm their own homes

Quiet quitting 

Doing no more work than one is contractually obliged to do 

Fluffernutter 

A sandwich of marshmallow spread and peanut butter on white bread 

Thermal tourism 

Travel to a warmer country in the winter to shun the cold weather and higher heating bills of one’s own country. 

Vibe shift 

A significant change in the prevailing culture. 

Lawfare 

Strategic use of legal proceedings to intimidate or hinder an opponent. 

Flurona 

Being infected with flu and Covid-19 at the same time. 

Splooting 

The act of lying flat on the stomach with the legs stretched out, to counter unusually high temperatures. 

Flatforms 

Boardroom appropriate smart trainers.

Ankling 

A pedalling technique to increase efficiency in which the heel is lowered on the downstroke and lifted on the upstroke. 

Manicule 

A typographic mark depicting a hand with a pointing forefinger.

 Cosy crime 

Light-hearted crime fiction set in a small community, without any explicit violence.

 Sharenting 

The act of sharing news, images or videos of one’s children on social media. 

Nepo baby 

Child of an actor, a model or a musician who achieves success because of their famous parent. 

Shrubbing 

The act of pronouncing a word in another language in a manner influenced by one’s mother tongue. 

Brown noise 

A low, rumbling sound considered an inducement to sleep and relaxation. 

Scream pot 

A clay vessel you can scream into to release anger and frustration. 

Soysage 

A vegetarian sausage made with soy protein. 

Villagise 

To relocate people to designated villages (often compulsorily or forcibly). 

Thriftifarian 

Someone well-off who pretends they have to spend less money in order to appear to be in the same situation as others. 

Luxury detective 

One whose job it is to find rare, expensive handbags, watches and jewellery to sell.

Frugaller 

One who avoids wasting food or other resources and spends as little money as possible.

Disco nanny 

One whose job it is to look after a family’s children overnight during a holiday, while the parents go out to parties and clubs. 

Wearapy 

The choosing of clothes to make the wearer feel comforted. 

Milestone anxiety 

A condition that makes someone feel on edge because they haven’t achieved the same landmarks as their peers. 

Jobfishing 

The illegal practice of recruiting people to work for a company that doesn’t exist.

Skimpflation 

When the price of a product or service stays the same but the quality worsens.

Hypermiling 

A careful driving technique that minimises the amount of fuel used. 

Tappigraphy 

The study of how someone taps the keys on their mobile phone, thought to provide information on their personality. 

Silvfluencer 

A middle-aged or elderly person paid to promote products on social media.

Queenager 

A woman of middle age or older who leads a busy life, has fun and dresses stylishly.

Holistorexia 

Extreme obsession with one’s health and wellness. 

Tattleware 

Software that allows an employer to monitor someone working from home. 

Digidog 

Canine trained by police to use its sense of smell to find digital devices used by criminals. 

Carolean 

The new monarchical era relating to King Charles III. 

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