The best new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015

In just the last three months of 2015 over 500 English words and phrases were added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Get with the times and develop your English vocabulary: here is our pick of the best new words in 2015.

Phablet– A smartphone with a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.

Chiffonade – A preparation of shredded or finely cut leaf vegetables, used as a garnish for soup.

Flotus – an acronym for the First Lady of the United States.

Internaut – A user of the Internet, especially a habitual or skilled one.

Pasalubong – A gift or souvenir given to a friend or relative by a person who has returned from a trip or arrived for a visit.

Roastery – A place where coffee beans are roasted or processed.

Sinigang – In Filipino cookery: a type of soup made with meat, shrimp, or fish and flavoured with a sour ingredient such as tamarind or guava.

Tenderpreneur – A person who uses his or her political connections to secure government contracts and tenders for personal advantage.

Zef – Common; ‘trashy’.