Serhat TUNAR –TDO- The Cambridge Dictionary has revealed its word of the year for 2018 to be 'nomophobia', which it defines as 'fear or worry at the idea of being without your mobile phone or unable to use it', reported Daily Mail.
'Nomophobia' beat out other editor-selected finalists 'gender gap', 'ecocide' and 'no-platforming' in a public poll conducted by the dictionary.
'Your choice, nomophobia, tells us that people around the world probably experience this type of anxiety enough that you recognized it needed a name!' the Cambridge editors wrote in a statement.
The dictionary's editors explained that 'nomophobia' is not a scientific word, and indicates anxiety rather than the extreme fear characteristic of a clinical phobia.
'Like many modern coinages, nomophobia is what’s called a blend: a new word made up of syllables from two or more words, in this case ‘no mobile phone phobia,’ the editors wrote.