Since the dawn of humankind, language has never stayed still for long.
We have Shakespeare, John Milton and Chaucer to thank for conjuring up hundreds of new ways of expressing ourselves by messing about with prefixes, suffixes, verbs and nouns. While mobile phones, iPads and social media mean that, today, we increasingly use abbreviations – FOMO, LOL and OMG. Some of us have even started describing how we feel via emoji, rather than actual words.
But now a new group of perma-tanned sun-worshipers are changing the face of linguistics again. Since arriving in their Spanish villa, the contestants on reality show Love Island have been using a bewildering array of slang that’s had us scratching our heads.
Being ‘mugged-off’? Acting ‘well salty’? What on earth can it all mean?
The ITV programme is a bit like Big Brother on the beach. Contestants ‘couple up’ on a series of dates, and the least popular are voted out on roughly a weekly basis by their fellow flatmates and the public. Those who survive win £50,000. The latest series has amassed a staggering 1.5 million viewers – meaning the new Love Island lingo is being spread far and wide.