10 Words Old and New that Are Trending Again

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Here are ten words that are trending again, due to their recent usage in news stories or in topical events around the world.

1. Karamu

Karamu is a small New Zealand tree, Coprosma robusta, with glossy leaves and orange fruit.

2. Ligature

This word is trending over a cause of death in the news of two individuals.

ligature is something that binds or ties up, such as a cord, a band or a bandage. A ligature around the neck would cause death by hanging or strangulation.

3. Coup d’etat

This is a word of French origin related to politics.

A coup d’état in politics is a sudden or decisive action. It often refers to a sudden change of government by force or illegal means, such as overthrows, rebellions, revolutions or uprisings.

4. Jalopy

A recent article by the New York Post used the word jalopy when referring to old smart phones.

jalopy is an old, decrepit, or unpretentious automobile.

5. Egress

this word is a noun that can refer to any means, a place, or the right or permission to go out.

Egress can refer to an exit, or the ability to exit, as well as, the act or instance of going, especially when referring to an enclosed place. For example, an egress window.

6. Conflated

The interest in this word is related to today’s politics.

Conflated means to confuse. It also has a secondary meaning which is to bring together, fuse or combine things.

7. Snowflake

This word is trending not for its typical usage, but rather its newer slang usage.

snowflake is someone who is overly sensitive, easily offended and demonstrates a lack of resilience.

8. Inaugural

The usage of this word that is trending has to do with beginnings or the first time something is done.

Inaugural marks a beginning : first in a projected series. It also relates to an inauguration.

9. Chionophobia

This word trended after a late winter storm hit the Northeast.

Chionophobia as a noun of Greek origin that means: “A fear of snow.”

10. Net neutrality

The concept of Net neutrality has been in the news lately, especially since the FCC ended it, and is centered around the idea that Internet service providers (ISPs) should stay neutral, not interfere with the data between you and websites, allowing nondiscriminatory access to Internet content for all users. Internet users are worried that the absence of net neutrality would allow ISPs to control what you see on the Internet or charge higher fees for access to some types of content.