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Friday 15 December 2017

Fauxmance and simples make it into dictionary

Fauxmance, tweetheart and bigotgate are among the popular terms to have made it into the latest Collins English Dictionary.

Collins have added dozens of new words in an effort to reflect developments in popular culture, business and politics.

TV has made a big impression, with the inclusion of BGT -- the acronym denoting hit show Britain's Got Talent -- and "simples", meaning easy to do, which arrives courtesy of Aleksandr the Meerkat from the advert for price comparison website comparethemarket.com.

Social networking site Twitter is responsible for a whole new vocabulary including tweetheart -- a user who is admired by others and tweet tooth -- a strong desire to send a tweet.

Fauxmance refers to "a fictitious romance between two celebrities, concocted in order to gain press coverage".



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Ghost estate, referring to a housing estate built during an economic boom but unfinished or unoccupied during a recession, has also been included.

Wordsmiths based in Glasgow identified the new inclusions using a 2.5 billion-word database.

Written material from websites, newspapers, magazines and books and spoken material from radio, TV and everyday conversations is fed into the database each month to help keep editors abreast of new language trends.

Elaine Higgleton, editorial director of Collins English Dictionaries, said: "The popularity of television, advertising, and the phenomena of celebrity continues to be a predominant preoccupation with the public.

"Never far from the headlines, it is unsurprising that a barrage of media has infiltrated the minds of people -- to the point where coined words BGT, simples! and fauxmance have warranted inclusion within the Collins English Dictionary."

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