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Macmillan Dictionary highlights of 2015

christmas-carousel-2015With one more day to go in 2015, it’s time for us to look back at some of the language trends of the year … and which dictionary features were the most popular ones according to our users!

The Top 5 most popular BuzzWords of 2015 were:

1. slow: “in an era characterized by frenetic information transfer and a corresponding expectation that everything should be done at breakneck speed, there’s a quiet revolution where slow is good”
2. sea-lion:sea lioning is a deliberate ploy to waste the time of the respondent who, answering questions in good faith, is only then confronted with further bouts of deliberate ignorance”
3. unicorn: “a unicorn has … become the accepted description for a newly established company whose value has reached more than one billion US dollars”
4. faceplant: “you can potentially faceplant into anything – a wall, the door, a clump of bushes … even your bowl of porridge!”
5. rat-tail: “the rat tail hairstyle … usually evokes a definite reaction, whether approval or disdain”

The most downloaded infographic was 10 idioms about books:


The Top 5 blog posts of 2015 were both informative … and fun:

1. Language tip of the week: money
2. Real Vocabulary Quiz, Question 2: Is it OK to ask “Can I get a coffee?”
3. Appraising Pinker’s prescriptions
4. Language tip of the week: interested
5. Describing relationships with the love-thermometer

And the most viewed and shared Real Vocabulary video was – no surprise there – awesome!

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The Macmillan Dictionary team wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!

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