Words and language are always evolving and technological advancements such as the internet have changed the way we communicate, especially for the younger generation, which means older folks might get left behind...
Now, research has been conducted by Home hearing test company Hearmore UK where it used Google search data to find out the UK's most misunderstood words this year.
The study has revealed that “woke” is the UK’s most misunderstood word, with Brits searching “what does woke mean” almost 600,000 times this year alone.
The term "woke" originated in African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) and according to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word means "Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice."
The word was popularised in 2014 during the Black Lives Matter movement as the hashtag '#staywoke' took over social media amid the ongoing racial injustices in the United States.
The study also analysed the most Googled abbreviations, which are also popular among the youth of today.
Here are identified the top 10 below.
Term and Meaning: Volume (2022)
POV = Point of View - 300,000
SMH = Shaking My Head - 300,000
PU = Pop Up (Snapchat) - 168,000
ICL = I Can’t Lie - 156,000
KMT = Kissing My Teeth - 144,000
LMFAO = Laughing My F***ing A** Off - 132,000
UWU = Cute Face - 132,000
ISTG = I Swear to God = 112,800
IG = Instagram - 111,600
SB = Snap Back (Snapchat) - 110,400
Asa Richards, head of audiology at Hearmore UK noted the impact of people misunderstanding certain words: “It’s common for each generation to have their own meanings for words and ways of communicating but this can cause friction and even isolation when we’re in intergenerational settings.
"As we age, it’s important to stay aware of words and phrases that might be new to us to remain present in conversations with younger relatives or coworkers.
"Much like a new language, learning new words creates new connections in our brains which keeps them active and evolving, an essential practice as we get older," Richards added.
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