Adorkable, duckface, fatberg, felfie…
What do all these slightly strange words have in common, we hear you ask?
Well, the wordsmiths over at Collins are looking to Twitter to find a new word worthy of being immortalised in the latest edition of the English Dictionary.
And for the very first time, Twitter users are getting a say in which word will make it into those hallowed pages.
“We all love a new word especially when they are combined to make the perfect 140 character message,” reads a statement from the Dictionary maker, “so Collins is turning to Twitter to find out which of the newest words in the English language should make it into the fabulous, new twelfth edition of the Collins English Dictionary.”
These viral gems have made it to the shortlist. (Don’t be alarmed if you’re not sure what any of them mean. We weren’t aware a #felfie was a thing either…)
Adorkable – dorky in an adorable way
Duckface – the traditional ‘pouting’ facial expression in selfies
Euromaidan – the original pro-Europe protests in Ukraine, named for Maidan Square in Kiev
Fatberg – a large mass of solid waste, grease, etc, clogging a sewage system
Felfie – a farmer selfie
Fracktivist – an activist who protests against fracking
Gaybourhood – gay-friendly neighbourhood, eg Castro in San Francisco
Nomakeupselfie – a selfie of a woman without make-up, posting online to raise awareness for a charity
Vaguebooking – posting deliberately vague status updates on social media to prompt a response
If you think any of these words have the gravitas to make it into our lasting vocabulary, you’ve got until 28 May to have your say.