Euphoria And Other Trending Words This Week

Social media has been abuzz this week with talk about—what else—Facebook, and all this talk has put at least one word in the hot seat on Dictionary.com’s trending list!

Glib

Glib took an abrupt 868% climb earlier in the week when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the term to clap back at Apple CEO Tim Cook, who had criticized the social-media company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meaning “readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so,” glib is an adjective that can be traced back to the 1500s.

Replica

If you can’t wait to get your hands on a replica of Kate Middleton’s wedding dress when H&M adds an affordable version to the market, you’re probably not alone. As excitement over the announcement spread online, searches for the meaning of replica climbed 619%. The meaning of the word is “any close or exact copy or reproduction.” Good luck putting your princess wedding dreams in action. 

Spectrum

April is celebrated as Autism Awareness Month or Autism Acceptance Month by a number of autism-related organizations, so it’s no surprise that searches for the word spectrum climbed by 305%. Autism is considered a “spectrum disorder,” and the word spectrum itself means “the observed distribution of a phenomenon across a range of measurement.”

Poaching

The conviction of Bollywood star Salman Khan for killing two blackbucks, a rare antelope species protected by Indian law, thrust the plight of animals back into headlines and sent people searching for the meaning of poaching on Dictionary.com. Searches were up 1178% over the previous week. The word refers to “the illegal practice of trespassing on another’s property to hunt or steal game.”

Copypasta

If you were looking for dinner ideas when you joined the search trend for copypasta, you probably came up disappointed. Searches climbed 208% for the term, which is a portmanteau of the words copy and paste. The phrase refers to “a block of text which is repeatedly copied and pasted by individuals over various online forums and social media sites.”

Pawg

It may sound like a New Yorker talking about the old ’90s game, but if you are one of the seekers who sent pawg searches up by 200% you know better. Short for “phat ass white girl,” pawg refers to a hot girl who has a large (although not necessarily fat) behind.

Euphoria

Korean boy band BTS dropped a nine-minute-long video this week, a teaser for fans who are anticipating the group’s upcoming album Love Yourself: Wonder. Titled “Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself Wonder,” the video helped searches for the word euphoria surge on Dictionary.com by 2883% over the prior week. It means a state of intense happiness and self-confidence, which seems to sum up BTS fans at the moment quite well.

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