Our language is always changing. But some of the new words we hear on television or from younger relatives sound as if they're from another country… or planet! We might not need these new words in our daily conversations, but they can still inform or delight us.
• Amirite. Believe it or not, this foreign-looking word is just a contraction of "Am I right?" If you haven't seen it in print yet, you will see it soon.
• Super-spreader is a word that came from the COVID-19 pandemic. It means an event where many people gather which could result in the spread of a contagious condition.
• Air-fryer is one of the new, must-have kitchen gadgets. Convection currents are circulated by a fan to speed the cooking of food.
• Dad-bod. Pretty much as it sounds, it's a description of someone slightly overweight and out-of-shape.
• Sofa surfer. It used to be called a "couch potato," but still refers to anyone who sits around a lot or watches television.
• To photo bomb is when someone, like your cute niece, jumps in front of a camera just as aposed picture is being snapped. Sometimes this produces a surprisingly funny shot.
We're never too old to learn something new each day. Even the standard dictionaries add new words each year.
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