British lose the knack for conjuring up new words


English has shrugged off many challengers to become the world’s leading language but the creative contribution of “British English” speakers to the global vocabulary is fading fast, eclipsed by linguistic innovators in technology, international call centres and film franchises, according to data analysis to be published next week.

The UK still punches above its demographic weight in colourful areas such as politics, royalty and sex, says research from the Global Language Monitor (GLM), which advises corporations on linguistic shifts.

British words now found around the world include 53X, for sex; Tope, for totally dope or extremely good; and, inevitably, Brexit and Megxit.

But the percentage of new British words adding to the total mass of English-derived words employed around the world has been falling since


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