"Binge-watch" is 2015's Word of the Year

By Gary Cutlack on at

A 200 per cent increase in the use of the term "binge-watch" to describe watching shit-loads of telly all the time has seen it declared Word of the Year, with dictionary maker Collins saying 2015 was the year the phrase went global as even your mum started using it to describe watching the Hollyoaks omnibus.

Other terms skyrocketing in popularity this year are "swipe" -- due to its Tinder sex, ahem, dating connotations -- and "manspreading," thanks to to the many and varied ways the act of sitting while simultaneously controlling your adjacent aerospace went mainstream this year.

The tech industry will be glad to see that the word "contactless" also blew up and made it to Collins' shortlist, after many, many years of trying to convince us that juggling a multitude of competing digital wallets and systems is preferable to juggling a multitude of different coins and credit cards.

The slightly more sinister side of things were represented by a huge leap in the use of the word "shaming," with use of the term having tripled since 2014 seeing as we've got little more to do than leap on weaknesses or minor errors and use them to batter people around the metaphorical head with on the internet. [Collins]