What do Eastwooding, Mother Flame, and Gangnam Style have in common? They are all new words to have taken hold in the English language in 2012. The Wordability blog has been tracking key new words throughout the year and its author Hugh Westbrook has w collated this material into one volume. So read about the top neologisms of the year and discover others you may never have heard, such as Ineptocracy, Papple, Lesula, Goalgasm, and Swapportunity. What emerges is t only a portrait of the English language as it stands at the end of 2012 but also a picture of the key issues which have dominated society throughout the year.
Hugh Westbrook has worked for a number of leading media organisations in the UK and has written about a diverse range of subjects throughout his career. Always fascinated with the English language, he has an English degree and a postgraduate qualification in linguistics. He started his Wordability blog in September 2011 and has seen it grow to be read in around 100 countries round the world. A passionate supporter of Brentford Football Club, Hugh lives in Oxford with his wife and two young children. He appeared on Countdown but prefers not to talk about it.