Clean Eating, Ghosting, Dadbod And Manspreading Among Collins' Words Of 2015, Here's What They Mean


Collins English Dictionary has announced the most notable developments in the English language of 2015 and the words and phrases offer an interesting insight into our ever-changing lifestyles.

"Binge-watch" was named Word Of The Year after lexicographers - the people who compile dictionaries - noted a 200% increase in its usage on last year, the Press Association reports. defines the phrase as: "To watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession."

And according to Collins, other words that have been significant in 2015 include "clean eating", "dadbod", "manspreading" and "ghosting".

Here's what they all mean:

Collins defines clean eating as: "The practice of following a diet that contains only natural foods, and is low in sugar, salt, and fat".

HuffPost blogger Hedi Hearts claims clean eating will "boost your energy level, make your skin glow, flush toxins from your system, maintain your weight, strengthen your immune system and quicken your metabolism."

But not everyone is a fan.

When asked her opinions on clean eating, Nigella Lawson said: "I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on chia seed pudding, just as I wouldn’t want a life where I lived on eggs Benedict or steak and chips.

"I love kale and I'm an avocado obsessive. But life is about balance, it's not about being smug. You don't eat things because you think they're good for you."

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Collins defines dadbod as: "An untoned and slightly plump male physique, esp one considered attractive."

The phrase turned into something of an internet sensation earlier this year after American student, Mackenzie Pearson, wrote an ode to dadbods for The Odyssey.

Soon after, a parody video went viral showing men "How To Get A Dadbod."

Collins defines manspreading as: "The practice by a male passenger on public transport of sitting with his legs wide apart, so denying space to passengers beside him."

Blogging on the topic, The Guyliner writes: "I suspect the reason men do this is very simple: we think we should.

"Sitting with knees together and legs in tight is a sign of weakness or homosexuality - both social death, of course. So with this overbearing sense of self-consciousness, we have somehow decided that 'legs akimbo' is the norm.

"We live in a confusing world, a world of Dapper Laughs and Julien Blanc, who I bet sit with their legs ten miles apart at all times.

"A man should slouch on a bus, like the world is his E-Z chair. He got to the seat first, and he's sitting the way that makes him feel comfy - if you don't like it, you should either stand or just perch in the room available to you, right? Wrong."

Collins defines ghosting as: "The act or an instance of ending a romantic relationship by not responding to attempts to communicate by the other party."

Blogging in defence of Ghosting, HuffPost UK Lifestyle senior editor Brogan Driscoll writes: "I have both been ghosted and ghosted others. Yes, it does hurt when it happens to you, but you don't mean to hurt others when you do it to them.

"Ghosting is nothing new. People have been going cold on each other for years. The difference nowadays is being permanently "switched on".

"For those uninitiated in dating apps or online dating - I know first hand that all those in relationships are fascinated by them - before the average date there are days, even weeks of messaging like intense Whatsapp-style flirting.

"That's why if and when ghosting does occur the silence feel so much louder than before."

Henry Cavill

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