We are bidding farewell to the bitter-sweet year of 2021. While entering the brand-new year of 2022, it is time to adopt and upgrade something that is an integral part of our lives. Take a guess? No? Well, we will now let the cat out of the bag. It is vocabulary, something that we use daily and yet never give much thought to. Thus, we make your work easy and bring you some new words on a platter that you can add to your vocabulary for 2022 with a breeze. So let us get started without any further ado!
15 New Words You Should Start Using in 2022
It is a noun. The concept idea is of Danish origin. The adjective for this word is hyggelig. Hygge philosophy means embracing nature and its revitalizing energy.
Meaning: A cozy quality that makes a person feel content and comfortable.
Example sentence: During winters, snuggling in a blanket with a cup of coffee is a hygge for me.
When adding some new words to your vocabulary in 2022, you simply cannot miss this one! Sirenic, does this word ring a bell? You all might have heard the word siren. Sirenic originates from the siren and is the adjective form of the same.
Meaning: Melodious, alluring, tempting, or deceptive.
Example sentence: Mohan could not resist listening to the sirenic song.
Well, we all can prominently see the word climate in this word. It is familiar yet new and something that you can easily imbibe in your vocabulary for 2022.
Meaning: Adjust, adapt, attune, accommodate, get accustomed, or get used (to new conditions)
Example sentence: The tropical climate made it difficult for the runners to get acclimatized.
Now instead of using a simple get used to or adapted, try using this new word and flaunt your vocabulary!
Is there anyone who has never heard of this term? Or more precisely this abbreviation? This is a trendy word on social media that is used to address a funny or clever response to a question or a meme. But more precisely, it is used to express approval or support.
Full form: for the win.
Example sentence: OMG, I won the lottery, ftw!
Our new words for 2022 would be incomplete without slang. So, here is a cool slang that you can incorporate into your everyday life without any second thought! Curious to know more about this new word? Peep in!
Original form: Am I right?
Example sentence: Your views on politics change consistently, amirite?
The prime use of this slang is as a tag question in informal speech. It is also used for confirmation purposes or to assert that one is correct about something.
6. Fourth Trimester
Umm, are you confused? Pregnancy is only three trimesters but what is this fourth trimester? Now that you have stumbled upon this new word, we are here to make things easier for you and acquaint you with this new word.
Meaning: The three-month period immediately following giving birth in which the mother typically recovers from childbirth and adjusts to caring for her infant. These are the first three months of the infant’s life
Example sentence: The fourth trimester is a rocky phase for every woman.
7. Dad bod
Dad bod too is a slang term used in popular culture. It was coined using two terms – dad and bod, which is an abbreviation for the word body. Now that you are aware of the terms that created this new and informal word, let us proceed to know its meaning.
Meaning: A physique regarded as typical of an average father; especially one that is slightly overweight and not very muscular.
Fun fact: According to a recent survey conducted in 2021, 75% of 2000 singles preferred soft bodies over hard muscles. Women find dad bods attractive as they don’t fret much over muscles, what they eat, or consistent exercising.
Psst… so if some calls you a dad bod, you might take it as a compliment!
There is nothing as refreshing as seeing inclusivity in various aspects of our life. Similarly, we add the touch of inclusivity for these new words for 2022. Otaku is borrowed from the Japanese language.
Meaning: Someone who has hobby-related interests that might be considered obsessive, specifically in the fields of anime or manga.
Example sentence: I am a single guy looking forward to dating an otaku because they are very cute.
The meaning of this word has seen a huge shift in recent times. Its meaning might differ in different contexts.
This word classifies as a noun. The origin of this term is not known yet it hails from the late 16th century. The meaning of this word has undergone several changes as time has progressed.
Meaning: An intricate and difficult problem.
Example sentence: Choosing amidst money and her passion, Riya discovered herself to be in a conundrum.
An adjective yet again makes it to our list of new words for 2022. The early 17th century witnessed the emergence of this word. It is a result of clubbing Latin words like ‘nefas’ and ‘nefar’. The ‘ous’ is an English suffix that has been added to the word.
Meaning: Extremely wicked or villainous; iniquitous.
Example sentence: Having a pessimist attitude, he finds kindness at the brink of death in this nefarious world.
We have more new words for you to add to your vocabulary for 2022. Clandestine is an adjective that came into being in the mid-16th century. It is an amalgamation of the French word ‘clandestin’ and the Latin word ‘clandestinus’. A movie titled ‘Clandestine’ was released in recent years.
Meaning: Marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy mostly because it is illicit.
Example sentence: Police caught James red-handed for conducting clandestine activities. He was charged a heavy fine and was put behind the bars for 6 months.
Our list is incomplete without an action word. So here we introduce you to a quirky and easy-to-use verb.
Meaning: To destroy, hit or kill somebody, usually by using a weapon; more precisely a gun.
Example sentence: A handful of civilians were zapped amidst the fight of two nations.
This adjective sounds more like innocent, doesn’t it? But you will be astonished to know that its meaning is completely contradictory to that of the innocent.
Meaning: Harmful or injurious.
Example sentence: Smoking and drinking are nocent to health.
Shakespeare said What’s in a name? But here, the name says it all. This addition to our new words for 2022 is another adjective.
Meaning: Proud of one’s wealth, especially in an arrogant and flaunty manner.
Example sentence: Asher lost a wonderful opportunity owing to his purse-proud behavior.
Last, but not least, we end this list of vocabulary for 2022 with an adjective. This term is a concoction of a couple of Latin words like ‘ubi’, ‘ubique’, and ‘ubiquitas’. The ‘ous’ at the end of the word classifies as an English suffix.
Meaning: Existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time.
Example sentence: Her faith in the All-Mighty makes her feel his presence ubiquitous.
This word is synonymous with omnipresent and can be used as a replacement for the same.
With this, we come to an end of our lesson ’15 words you should start using in 2022’. We hope that this article is helpful for you to boost your vocabulary in the new year. Share it with your friends, family, and fellow English learners too. Wishing you all a very Happy and Safe New Year!
You can also take a look at some popular words of 2021 in our article, “2021 Vocabulary- Words that hit dictionaries this year!” Click here to read.