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© STOCKBYTERecently we’ve talked a lot on the blog about words like bae and fleek that have come into being amongst younger generations before becoming accepted terms of popular usage.  Secretly we language enthusiasts all dream of creating the next viral buzzword, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who dreams of his idiolect being more widely acknowledged too. So without further ado, in this month’s post I give you my top 5 words that aren’t currently in the Open Dictionary, but definitely should be!

1) snooze-in (noun)
It’s 7.30am and the unmistakeable sound of your alarm clock wakes you from another night of dreamy slumber. But instead of hauling your weary body out of the bed, you simply lie there.
As you drift in and out of sleep, the bellowing of the alarm grows ever more agitated until you throw on some clothes, run to the bus and make it to your desk just in time to arrive at work in something approaching a presentable fashion.
This, my friends, is a snooze-in: the less enjoyable version of its weekend – and much more pleasant – equivalent, the lie-in!

2) fargument (noun)
Who would win in a fight between Batman and Spiderman?
Is it better to wear a snow suit in the desert or be naked in Antarctica?
Would you rather have no knees or no elbows?
These are all classic material for a good old-fashioned fargument (fun argument), which is the perfect way to pass the time with friends or your partner during a long journey or power cut.
Who says all arguments need to end in tears?

3) ideaorrhoea (noun)
If you’ve ever worked with someone with this condition then you’ll sympathize.
Sufferers of ideaorrhoea are afflicted with a constant need to share ideas – some good, some bad, but most usually completely daft – with their colleagues.
Symptoms include: dominating meetings with rambling monologues and firing off emails at inappropriate times of day to bombard colleagues with their latest brainwaves.
Step away from the laptop!

4) famwich (noun)
This one’s simple.
A famwich is like a sandwich, only made when you’re really hungry, and including whatever you can lay your hands on in your fridge at the time (which might not generally be all that suitable).
It can throw up some weird and wacky combinations, but some might just stick!

5)  chunking (noun)
Like to dip chips in things that you really shouldn’t? (Think tea, milkshakes or ice cream … )
Yep, that means you’re a chunker: someone who dunks your chips in whatever you fancy!

Who knows if these words will catch on? We’ll just have to wait and see. Let us know what you think in the comments below.  Meanwhile if you have a word or phrase that you think deserves recognition you can submit to our Open Dictionary!

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