Tech jargon These 5 techie words made it to Collins Dictionary 'Words of the Year' 2017

The shortlist is full of words Collins says defined the past 12 months, and the winner is no surprise.

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Deliveroo and Uber made the phrase ''Gig economy" popular in 2017

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These words dealing with technology made it to Collins Dictionary’s Words of the Year 2017.

If you are not a tech enthusiast or an outright geek, then you might find a lot of words used in day-to-day conversations surrounding technology pretty strange.

Regardless, these words used in tech banters and formal communication have made it into the Collins Dictionary Words of The Year list 2017, and we’ll be sure to describe in simple terms what these terms mean just to put everyone on the same page.

Here we go:

Gig economy

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This phrase or group of words has been made mainstream thanks to services like Uber and Deliveroo.

Definition - Used to describe an economy in which there are few permanent employees and most jobs assigned to temporary or freelance workers.

The word has been a mainstay in 2017 but with Uber facing a number of adversity, particularly with the ongoing London ban court case, it would be interesting to see if the words ‘’Gig economy’’ stay popular in 2018.

Unicorn 

According to mythology, the unicorn is a legendary creature that has been described since antiquity as a beast with a single large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead. It is used to connote something rare, precious, and seldom-sighted.

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Definition - In the tech world it is used to describe a startup enterprise valued at over a billion dollars.

Examples of such unicorn companies in 2017 include UK’s Asos and Transferwise and in the US - Dropbox, AirBnB and Uber are unicorns.

Fidget spinners

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Definition - These are small, ball-bearing devices that the user can rotate between his or her fingers.

The momentum of the toy provides a pleasing sensory experience, according to user reviews, while the challenge of tossing, transferring and twirling the spinners has spawned an entire universe of instructional YouTube videos.

Insta

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This is as simple as it sounds. Insta is short form for Instagram. It’s of course used more during informal conversations that revolve around the image sharing site.

Fake News

Fake News has been crowned ‘’Word of the Year’ by Collins Dictionary. play

Fake News has been crowned ‘’Word of the Year’ by Collins Dictionary.

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This word and phrase has been crowned ‘’Word of the Year’ by Collins.

Definition - “Used to describe False, often sensational, information disseminated under the guise of news reporting.”

Social network sites Facebook and Twitter have been at the center of effects of this terminology which was also made popular by Donald Trump, the US president.


Which is your favorite tech related word or phrase of the year. Share with us. We’d like to know.

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