Chugger's common usage sees it enter new English lexicon

The word "chugger" has been included in The Language Report, a collection of words that have entered common usage, compiled by TV game show Countdown's dictionary expert, Susie Dent.

Chugger, or charity mugger, has become the derogatory term used to describe street fundraisers for good causes who accost passers-by in the street.

Published by Oxford University Press, The Language Report, now in its second edition, covers new words from 'sexiles' to 'gangmasters', euphemisms from 'full and frank discussions' to 'downsizing', and street patois such as 'izzit?'

"Earlier this year, there was a huge amount of coverage of chuggers, but since then it has tailed off. Dent said: It is likely to go into one of the dictionaries in future."

A word had to show signs of widespread usage by a wide range of sources before it goes into a dictionary, she said.

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