Welcome to the home of the Word Spy! This Web site and its associated mailing list are devoted to recently coined words and phrases, old words that are being used in new ways, and existing words that have enjoyed a recent renaissance. These aren't "stunt words" or "sniglets," but new words and phrases that have appeared in newspapers, magazines, books, press releases, and Web sites.
Cry the beloved language. English has been mangled to the point where the radio traffic report guy says "slowage" on a regular basis with no shame. But some of these words have a right to exist. I've been a victim of acoustic terrorism when we were still in Guildford. Being without TV means we miss the regular begathons on PBS. This site is way too much fun. We need new words.