Binge-watch, dadbod and manspreading added to online dictionary

“Binge-Watch” has been named Colins Word of the Year 2015 by the publishers behind Colins dictionary.

Thursday, 5th November 2015, 1:41 pm
Many viewers are using services such as Netflix to Binge Watch their favourite TV shows.

A survey, conducted by digital video recording company Tivo, found that 92% of viewers admitted to "binge-watching" - viewing more than three episodes of a series in one day.

This fits in with the definition: "To watch a large number of television programmes (especially all the shows from one series) in succession."

Other words that have been significant in 2015 include clean eating, dadbod and Corbynomics.

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Helen Newstead, head of language content at Collins, said: "The rise in usage of 'binge-watch' is clearly linked to the biggest sea change in our viewing habits since the advent of the video recorder nearly 40 years ago.

"Due to subscription services such as Netflix or Sky's NOW TV, or 'smart' digital video recorders such as Tivo, fans can watch what they want, when they want, for as long as they want.

"It's not uncommon for viewers to binge-watch a whole season of programmes such as House Of Cards or Breaking Bad in just a couple of evenings - something that, in the past, would have taken months - then discuss their binge-watching on social media."

All these words and their definitions appear in, while those that stand the test of time could be included in the next print edition of the Collins English Dictionary in 2018.