Neologisms #1

Can you guess these words that have entered the lexicon in the last 20 years or so?
Many of these words are portmanteaus - combinations of two other words
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Last updated: January 2, 2020
First submittedSeptember 1, 2013
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Definition
Word
A photograph one takes of oneself, typically using a phone
Selfie
Unsolicited bulk e-mail
Spam
A word or phrase, preceded by #, used to identify a topic on Twitter
Hashtag
Expensive jewelry or the "sound" it makes when light hits it
Bling
A bride who has unreasonable demands for her wedding
Bridezilla
To bully via the internet
Cyberbully
A person who provokes others (chiefly on the Internet) for their own personal amusement
Troll
A heterosexual man who enjoys fashion and personal grooming
Metrosexual
A vacation where you stay at home
Staycation
Describes a person whose "eyes have been opened" to the social justice movement
Woke
"Sport" that involves running through an urban environment, navigating
obstacles while preserving momentum
Parkour
The "5th taste", corresponding to the flavor of meat or MSG
Umami
Chicken inside a duck inside a turkey
Turducken
People who are easily controlled in the manner of sheep
Sheeple
An expression used to indicate idiocy, often preceded by "herp"
Derp
Audio program made available for internet download
Podcast
To lure someone into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona
Catfish
A middle-aged woman "on the prowl" for younger men
Cougar
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Level 72
Sep 2, 2013
Nice quiz idea. I enjoyed that one.
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Level 59
May 23, 2016
I feel so old. I only got 10 (although I kicked myself for not getting 12 - how did I not get cyberbully and umami?!)
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Level 60
Jan 24, 2017
According to Wikipedia, Umami was coined in Japanese in 1908 and in English in 1985, not sure I'd call that a neologism...
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Level ∞
Jan 24, 2017
As far as words go, 1985 is very recent! And I feel like "umami" has entered common usage even more recently.
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Level 80
Jan 24, 2017
I've also seen the taste described as "savory," though savory is even less of a neologism, even if this usage is fairly new.
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Level 79
Jan 24, 2017
I think the food media world really amped up its usage in the last few years. I never heard it in my whole life, and then all of a sudden I heard it everywhere - on all the cooking shows and in food magazines. Everyone is always looking for the latest "new thing" to promote.
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Level 75
Apr 10, 2020
Does 35 years fall into approximately 20? Or are we all just getting older?
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Level 70
Jan 24, 2017
I believe "durp" is a generally accepted alternate spelling of "derp".
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Level ∞
Jan 1, 2020
Okay
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Level 65
Jan 24, 2017
Chuckey would have been a better term for the turducken
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Level 60
Jan 24, 2017
I've never heard it referred to as anything but a three-bird roast.
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Level 79
Jan 24, 2017
I'm waiting for a lambpigsteer. Put that in your smoker.
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Level 39
Jul 26, 2018
...go vegan, save the world...
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Level 81
Jan 2, 2020
Go childless.
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Level 75
Jan 2, 2020
^^ I'm vegan and childless, do I get extra points?
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Level 74
Jan 2, 2020
Pebeanrot for vegans.

Half a point for mixed eaters?

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Level 83
Jan 3, 2020
"Chuckey"? If you sprinkled it with parmesan, would that be a "chuckey cheese"?
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Level 63
Jan 24, 2017
What about freerunning as an alternative to parkour?
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Level 67
Jan 24, 2017
Agree with this. I tried freerunning first, then parkour. And why is "sport" in quotes?
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Level 48
Jan 26, 2017
Free running is different from parkour in that the latter seeks the fastest route, as referenced in the clue by "...preserving momentum." Free running involves movement not necessary for the definition, such as flips.

"Sport" would be in quotes, I suppose, because it is not inherently competitive, compared to other forms of running. Athletic, to be sure, but not necessarily bound by rules for competition.

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Level ∞
Jan 1, 2020
Freerunning will work now.
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Level 56
Jun 18, 2018
I have seen derp used to describe a look - now I know what it means!
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Level 71
Jul 6, 2018
I should have known staycation -- it's about the only vacation I can afford.
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Level 43
Apr 15, 2019
How about Freerunning for Parkour... pretty much the same thing but freerunning is the flashy version.
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Level 81
Jan 2, 2020
Many, if not most, podcasts are video as well. I was expecting a term for a song upload.
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Level ∞
Jan 2, 2020
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/podcast
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Level 75
Jan 3, 2020
The wording of the clue for podcast should be tweaked IMHO. Perhaps you'd consider changing "audio program" to "audio episode." Program in this context is very confusing -- I tried torrent, mp3, file, wav, etc. Also, "made available for internet download" is oddly phrased; it's also not entirely correct since many podcasts are streamed, and are not uniformly (or by definition) available for download. Would you consider phrasing like "episodic digital audio file distributed on the internet"?
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Level 67
Jan 15, 2020
I agree, the wording at the very least is confusing. Even knowing the answer the description does not feel correct. Program makes you think of software, like an editing program. Especially in combination with downloadable and audio. Sure there is sound so you could say it is "audio". But if you ask people for an audio program, they would come up with things where you can work with sound, like a music editor.

I would say internet broadcast. Or audio file available for internet download.

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Level 81
Apr 6, 2020
I remember the original concept and the reason the word was coined, but no one downloads a podcast to listen to it. That definition was usurped almost immediately because it's pointless. They are streamed, not saved. The vast majority are video too.
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Level 55
Apr 10, 2020
Agreed: the wording for that question needs changing.

Anybody British (like myself) is immediately going to think it's referring to computer programs, because we use the spelling 'programme' for TV programmes...

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Level 69
Jan 8, 2020
Is "Derp" an American word, as I'm a Brit and I've never heard it before? Ditto "Sheeple".
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Level 83
Apr 10, 2020
Well it came from South Park, so, technically yes.
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Level 74
Apr 10, 2020
More like an internet word.
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Level 63
Apr 10, 2020
I'm American and I had never heard of it before this quiz.
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Level 80
Apr 10, 2020
My cat is an adept parkour enthusiast.
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Level 66
Apr 10, 2020
Addition coming up for the 2021 edition: Covidiot
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Level 46
Apr 10, 2020
Isn't sheeple older?
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Level 52
Apr 10, 2020
The "audio program" got me. I was stuck thinking of audio editors.
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Level 23
Apr 11, 2020
I was thinking of Spotify and Audacity
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Level 39
Apr 10, 2020
Not my proudest 100%...
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Level 57
Apr 10, 2020
Chiming in with others here, podcast was way too broad a clue. Should be refined.
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Level 49
Apr 11, 2020
I was amazed at the 'turducken' being a real thing that people make. Talk about decadence and the fall of Rome. Truly we are living through the end times, people. Break out those beanburgers while you still can.
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Level 45
Apr 11, 2020
Easy, got them all. I don't think anyone really uses "metrosexual" anymore, though.
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Level 56
Apr 11, 2020
"Herp" was not a helpful clue. I probably would have gotten it without that.
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Level 59
Apr 14, 2020
i would like "corona-holiday" added to the dictionary as a synonym for "staycation" and "corona-party" as a synonym for "extremely stupid act putting other people in grave danger"
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