Ghosting, Facepalming, Weaponizing our way through spoken English

So, I’ve been trying to keep up with the words that I run into or overhear, and find it amusing how quickly they appear. It’s been five months since I weighed in on these janky expressions. Someone once told me he accidentally butt-dialed me, and it made sense. But Facepalming took a few more seconds to figure out.

Words like hangry have simply gone to pasture. There seems to be no substitute for unmute. To weaponize is still being hogged by the media, especially the pundits who sit across a table and make awesomesauce statements about those who are not about to cancel their pet political project.

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Do you use words that fly by on your social media feed? What do you think about these neologisms? Words such as:

  • Ghost
  • Mansplain
  • Facepalm
  • Weaponize
  • Lovacore
  • Screenager
  • Noob
  • Woot

If you do, I like to know what you think about our language as it evolves. I plan to bring this up in my writing class in a few weeks, so help!

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