English vocabulary: What is the word of the year?

Collins English Dictionary has announced the new words that have entered into the English vocabulary in the last 12 months.

Every year, new words are officially added to English after they are used many times in newspapers, TV and other media.

According to Collins, the official word of the year for 2014 is: PHOTOBOMB

You know what the word means, don’t you? I bet you’ve done it recently!

It’s the situation when someone is having their picture taken and then someone else puts their face in the background without the other people knowing that they are there.

The Collins English Dictionary definition of ‘photobomb’ is actually:  ‘to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subject’s knowledge’

That sounds more official, doesn’t it? smiley

A Collins spokesperson said that: we have been tracking photobomb for a while, (the first recorded use of the word was in 2008) but this year there has been an unprecedented level of photobombing, which definitely makes it the word of the year.

This was referring to photobombs this year by HRH The Queen, Prince Harry and also lots of film stars photobombed each other at The Oscars ceremony… and of course, many, many others.


At SGI London, all of our excellent teachers try to reach real and relevant language, so that your English is completely up-to-date.

Photobomb is definitely a word that you would hear in one of our general English classes... especially on a Friday, when some people go home and most students take lots of pictures of their new best friends, before they go back to all corners of the world.

I’m sure that there are always some jokers who use these opportunities for some classic photobombing. It’s an opportunity too good to miss, isn’t it?

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