Nomophobia: Word of the Year

But that's not the only choice!

January 4, 2019
word of the year

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the people's word of the year is 'nomophobia'!

When I first heard the word, I thought it was a fear of having no mo' (more) of something and when I looked it up, I was close! The actual definition of nomophobia is “a fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it.” So breaking the actual word down, it's no-mo[bile>-fear.

I can't imagine being without my phone for a day, let alone a few hours... I may have an undiagnosed case of nomophobia!

Other words that also received a high amount of votes included 'gender gap' ("a difference between the way men and women are treated in society, or between what men and women do and achieve"), 'ecocide' ("destruction of the natural environment of an area, or very great damage to it"), and 'no-platforming' ("the practice of refusing someone an opportunity to make their ideas or beliefs known publicly, because you think these beliefs are dangerous or unacceptable").

If you watch this clip from The View, you'll see that a couple of the hosts even have 2 PHONES!

Not a fan of that word choice, don't worry, there are other dictionaries! For example, the Oxford Dictionary has decided that 'toxic' is their word of the year and have statistics to back up their choice. Such as the fact that the word has been searched 45% more times in 2018 on their digital dictionary. Aside from the literal definition of "poisonous" for the word, it has many metaphorical applications too (i.e. "Becky, that relationship you're in is toxic!").

On Oxford Dictionary's shortlist was 'big dick energy' or BDE, "an attitude of understated and casual confidence." Just imagine a year where that was our stand out word; well, it's more of a phrase, but I don't write for the dictionary.

If you're still not satisfied with the words of the year, let's check with Merriam-Webster... with 74% more searches in 2018 than 2017, their word of the year was 'justice'! There are quite a few definitions for this one, so I picked this one for you, "the quality of being just, impartial, or fair."

So to review, depending on your dictionary preference, your word of the year could be nomophobia, toxic, or justice. I wonder what word will make the cut this year!