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Vape n and vb. To drag on a pretend cigarette. Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year.
Bae A term of endearment; either a lazy version of “babe” or “before anyone else”. (Also means poo in Danish.)
Devo max Promised powers for Holyrood in the wake of the no vote – Scotland and England united, but with separate affairs.
Overshare The act of divulging way, way too much about yourself.
Uncoupling Breaking up; slowly, nicely and, ideally, “consciously”.
Contactless Chip and pin is so 2013.
Indyref Because independence referendum was such a mouthful.
Defected A word that made Tories very anxious, and Nigel Farage very happy.
Evergreen Online content that will always be relevant, ie, “This kitten video will never grow old. It’s evergreen.”
Vlogger Teen whose webcam videos attract millions on YouTube, and typically a range of merchandise, too.
Fitspiration Instagram feed devoted to abs, biceps or general fitness.
Emojinal adj. Overuse of emojis to convey deep and meaningful feelings.
Budtender Behind the counter in a newly legit US cannabis store.
Uber Mini-cab app that took on trad taxis, and ran foul of privacy campaigners.
Mansplaining A man explaining something to someone better qualified than him.
Selfie stick A three-foot pole that improves your shot, but ruins everyone else’s view.
Podemos New citizen-led political party in Spain.
In silico An idea conceived and developed in virtual reality.
Hate read Looking at a website or story just to wind yourself up.
Mega-Earth Kepler-10c, a new rocky planet discovered this year, 17 times the size of Earth.
Kombucha A slightly fizzy, slightly gross, fermented drink.
Dronie Video selfie taken with a drone, ideally in a jaw-dropping location.
Coldbrew Making iced coffee with ice is lame. Steep coffee in cold water for 24 hours instead.
Ice bucket Fundraising tool.
Philae Spacecraft that landed on comet 67P.
Flappy bird An addictive birdy game that went viral, then disappeared.
Brexit Proposed departure of Britain from the EU.
Clickbait Hugely disappointing video/photo “news”.
Normcore A pretentious take on unpretentious clothing.
Reach out American business speak for contacting someone.
This video comes to me via Pablo Morales de los Rios, a Spanish artist, who has artistically narrated the history of music — or the Historia de la Música – in a shade less than seven minutes. 6:59, to be precise. You don’t need much Spanish under your belt to realize that the story starts 50,000 years ago, then moves quickly from the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, to the troubadours of the Middle Ages. The video gives disproportionate attention to classical music during the following periods — Renacimiento, Barroco, Classicismo and Romanticismo. But before wrapping up, we tack over to America and witness the birth of jazz and the blues, before heading back across the pond for the Invasión británica. Artistically speaking, it all culminates in a pretty interesting way. But I’ll let you see how things play out.