On Nov. 5, Collins Dictionary released a list of the 10 most popular slang terms and colloquialisms it the past year. It turned out that "binge-watch" is the most popular word of 2015, thanks to more and more humans discovering that the only thing between you and rewatching 3 seasons of Gilmore Girls back to back is a Netflix account. The list, based on lexicographers' monitoring of language use, included mostly nouns with the odd verb and adjective thrown in.
The only problem with this very helpful ranking is that it seems to have overlooked some other words and phrases we have heard so many times this year and can't unhear. And related, where are the abbreviations? Now that so many people communicate by text, no one has the time or space for extraneous characters. Tbh, I don't have time to tell the lmlilysm or that my bae is haf. Plus, something about them is fun.
To give the abbreves the recognition they deserve and flesh out the Collins list, I decided to create a more comprehensive list of the 25 most used (over used?) terms I've heard this year, including the Collins picks. Here they are, defined: