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Update Date: Nov 10, 2015 09:03 AM EST
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It's "binge-watch". This is the 2015 word of the year, picked by Collins English Dictionary, even as TV viewing habits have seeped into people's lives and lifestyles, according to HNGN.

Binge-watching means ":to watch a large number of television programs (especially all the shows from one series) in succession," according to Collins. The use of the word has shot up by 200 percent over the previous year, ie 2014, according to the BBC.

"The rise in usage of 'binge-watch' is clearly linked to the biggest sea change in our viewing habits since the advent of the video recorder nearly 40 years ago," said Collins Language Content Head Helen Newstead. "It's not uncommon for viewers to binge-watch a whole season of programs such as 'House of Cards' or 'Breaking Bad' in just a couple of evenings -something that, in the past, would have taken months - then discuss their binge-watching on social media."

However, binge-watch is not an entirely new word. "It's actually been around since the 1990s, and binge is an old Lincolnshire dialect word that made its way into common English in the 19th century," said Collins Learning publisher Elaine Higgleton, in CNN. Yet the word has "taken off exponentially as a term people are using every day," she added.

The word that is next in the popular list is 'transgender'. "It's probably that transgender figures have had a much higher profile in the media - you only have to think of people like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox and programs like 'Orange is the New Black,'" said Higgleton.

Running your eyes down the list makes you read "clean eating," referring to natural food, "dadbod" that is named for a man's untoned but attractive body, and "manspreading" that also means how a man sits in public transport, according to Reuters.

Every year, Collins picks words based mainly on lexicographers' probing of dailies, websites, books, magazines and world's "trend tracking". In 2014, the most popular word was "photobomb."

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