The vegan movement has undeniably gained momentum the past year, with more people ditching animal-products, more companies entering the plant-based market, and more animal welfare\u00a0legislation passing. The lifestyle has become so popular, in fact, that Collins English Dictionary listed "vegan" in its top ten words of 2018. Collins defines\u00a0"vegan" as\u00a0"a person who refrains from using any animal product whatever for food, clothing, or any other purpose,"\u00a0keeping it simple, vague, and uncontroversial. And, while Collins recognised veganism's growing popularity, the word "gammon" also made the shortlist - but not because people are eating more of the\u00a0pork product. Linking the classically meat-related word with negative connotations, the term is now used instead to denote a\u00a0"person, typically male, middle-aged, and white, with reactionary views, especially one who supports the withdrawal of Britain from the European Union."\u00a0The use of the word as a criticism can be traced back to Charles Dickens, but has only recently gained modern popular use. It could simply be coincidental that as veganism gains popularity "gammon" is being used as a pejorative term - but it may also reflect a growing disdain for concepts thought to be "outdated" and unhelpful, eating meat and reactionary voting two examples of these. The shortlist also reflected growing concern for environmentalism. A Collins blog agreed,\u00a0"2018 was, without question, the year of the eco-warrior." The top word of the year was "single-use." Collins described\u00a0it as a term denoting\u00a0"items whose unchecked proliferation are blamed for damaging the environment and affecting the food chain."\u00a0It went on to clarify, "Single-use\u00a0refers to products \u2013 often plastic \u2013 that are \u2018made to be used once only\u2019 before disposal. Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles, and bags have led to a global campaign to reduce their use." Explaining its word of the year title, the dictionary noted that the term has experienced a four-fold increase since 2013, "with news stories and images such as those seen in the BBC\u2019s Blue Planet II steeply raising public awareness of the issue." Continuing the eco theme, the word "plogging" also made the top ten. Plogging\u00a0refers to a recreational activity, originating in Sweden, that combines jogging with picking up litter. The blog promoted, "If better heart health isn\u2019t enough to get you out of bed for a run,\u00a0plogging\u00a0combines jogging with litter picking, to improve your health and your environment."\u00a0It then comically but poignantly added,\u00a0"Next time you\u2019re out pounding the pavements, keep a bag on hand for all that rogue litter cluttering your local beauty spot\u2026as long as it\u2019s not plastic." Become a\u00a0CLUBKINDLY\u00a0member today!