Collins Dictionary announces ‘binge-watch’ as its 2015 word of the year

By Lindsay de Freitas
05 November 2015

Collins English Dictionary has announced its annual word of the year and the winner is (not very surprisingly) - binge-watch! Its runners-up include trendy buzzwords like; clean-eating, shaming (online), manspreading and dadbod.

Collins English Dictionary has announced its annual word of the year and the winner is (not very surprisingly) - binge-watch! Its runners-up include trendy buzzwords like; clean-eating, shaming (online), manspreading and dadbod.

Lexicographers (the people who compile dictionaries) have noticed a 200% increase in the usage of the term binge –watch since 2014. The words meaning has been listed as, "to watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession.” According to Helen Newstead, Head of Language Content at Collins, "the rise in usage of 'binge-watch' is clearly linked to the biggest sea change in our viewing habits since the advent of the video recorder nearly 40 years ago.” A survey conducted by digital video recording company Tivo found that 92 per cent of British viewers admitted to ‘binge-watching’ - viewing more than three episodes of a series in one day, while 37% admit to spending an entire weekend watching one show.

Other new words of the year announced by Collins Dictionary and their official definitions:

Clean-eating: following a diet that contains only natural foods, and is low in sugar, salt, and fat.

contactless: referring to payments, smart cards, etc that utilise RFID (radio-frequency identity) technology and do not require a PIN or signature from the customer.

dadbod: an untoned and slightly plump male physique, especially one considered attractive.

ghosting: ending a relationship by ignoring all communication from the other person.

manspreading: the act or an instance of a male passenger in a bus or train splaying his legs in a way that denies space to the passenger sitting next to him.

shaming: attempting to embarrass a person or group by drawing attention to their perceived offence, especially on social media.

Sources: telegraph.co.uk, collinsdictionary.com, bbc.com

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