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Tuesday the 08th of January, 2019
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NEW ENGLISH WORDS (ME TIME)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin, everyone!

Yesterday we started the week by looking at the Word of the Year for 2018 (TOXIC). For the rest of the week, our lessons are about New English Words. These are words that have recently been added to the English dictionary. Today's word is actually an expression: ME TIME

Definition: Time to do what you want (and not what others want). 

Parents often use this word, since they spend most of their time doing things for their children. 

Example 1: After the holidays, I needed some me time. I got a massage while my mom watched the kids. 

Example 2: I took a bath and drank a glass of wine. I needed some me time

This expression was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018. You can read more about it and other new words at the following link:

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2018/01/30/oed-new-words-mansplain-hangry-snowflake/

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!



Monday the 07th of January, 2019
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WORD OF THE YEAR 2018 (TOXIC)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin, everyone! Happy New Year to you all. I hope that you enjoyed your holidays and that your year is off to a great start.

The last Daily Vitamin post of 2018 was the Oxford Dictionary 2017 Word of the Year, which was YOUTHQUAKE. We are beginning 2019's lessons by looking at the 2018 Word of the Year, which Oxford announced in December. The 2018 Word of the Year was TOXIC

Definition: Poisonous (either literally or figuratively). 

Example 1: I finally quit my job, and I'm so happy that I don't work in that toxic environment anymore. 

Example 2: He's from a family with many problems, including addiction. Even with this toxic home life, he's still a positive person. 

According to Oxford Dictionary, users searched for the word TOXIC in relation to many types of TOXIC situations and substances. The top 10 searches related to TOXIC were as follows:

-Chemical
-Masculinity
-Substance
-Gas
-Environment
-Relationship
-Culture
-Waste
-Algae
-Air


You can read all about why Oxford chose TOXIC as its Word of the Year at the following link:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2018

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!



Friday the 21st of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2017 (YOUTHQUAKE)

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Welcome back, everyone! Today is our last Daily Vitamin of the year. Are you sad? We are... but we will be back in January, of course!

We complete this year's lessons with the final Word-of-the-Year post; the 2017 WOTY was: YOUTHQUAKE.

Definition of YOUTHQUAKE: A significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people.

Example 1: The Prime Minister won because of the youthquake of voters. 

Example 2: Fast food industries are changing their menus because of the youthquake against unhealthy foods.

Why did Oxford Dictionary choose this word? According to the Word-of-the-Year 2017 page, there was a fivefold (5 times) increase in the use of YOUTHQUAKE in 2017, possibly because of the British media's use of the word during the 2017 UK general elections. You can read more at the following link:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2017

That's all for this week, and that's all for 2018, our 15th full year of Daily Vitamin lessons! Thanks to each and every one of you for reading the lessons, for participating in Daily Vitamin challenges and discussions this year and for supporting the Daily Vitamin. We learned some interesting new vocabulary words, expressions, and language. We hope that you enjoy your holidays and we wish you health and happiness in 2019. We will see you in January with more lessons.



Thursday the 20th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2016 (POST-TRUTH)

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Welcome back and happy Thursday to you all.

Are you ready for the next lesson in our Word-of-the-Year week? Today we are looking at Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2016: the adjective POST-TRUTH.

Definition of POST-TRUTH: Relating to circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief. 

Example 1: We can all see that global warming is happening, but in this post-truth world, many people do not care, nor do they try to make changes to avoid climate change. 

Example 2: Sometimes living in this post-truth society makes me really hate social media. 

Example 3: It's been difficult to be an educator in this post-truth society. Parents are always telling me how to teach, and they don't care that my methods are based on research and successful methodologies. 

At the following link you can find Oxford Dictionary's explanation for why POST-TRUTH was chosen:

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016

That's all for today. Join us tomorrow for our last lesson of the year: 2017's Word of the Year!



Wednesday the 19th of December, 2018
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WORD OF THE YEAR, 2015 (TEARS OF JOY EMOJI)

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Welcome back, everyone!

Today we are continuing our Word-of-the-Year theme with 2015's Word of the Year. But there's a surprise today: 2015's Word of the Year actually wasn't a word: it was an emoji! That's right... the Oxford Dictionary chose a pictograph (commonly called an emoji) in 2015. Specifically, they chose the TEARS OF JOY EMOJI.

Why an emoji? Oxford Dictionary notes that "Emojis (the plural can be either emoji or emojis) have been around since the late 1990s, but 2015 saw their use, and the use of the word emoji, increase hugely." In fact, the TEARS OF JOY EMOJI alone was 20% of all the emojis used in the UK in 2015, and 17% of those in the US. (In 2014, these numbers were 4% and 9%.) You can read more here at the following link: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2015

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