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.
So to help you get to grips with it, here's a quick guide in how to speak Love Island.
Definition: Acting soft/pathetically over a girl, or boy. Being a soppy Sally - but in a way that draws disdain from your fellow contestants.
As in: "You're acting like a total melt."
Definition: Behaving angrily towards someone else.
As in: "Olivia got salty with Mike for talking about her to Chloe, who told Montana what he said."
Definition: Put in work romantically. To lay the groundwork for love.
As in: "You are the only person here I want to graft with."
Definition: To be played for a fool.
As in: "You chatted to Amber when you know she's with me. You mugged me off, mate."
Definition: Disrespecting someone by being rude.
As in: "I thought we were going to couple up but she just threw so much shade on me."
Definition: Being ditched, dumped or abandoned (akin to getting a cream pie to the face).
As in: "She totally pied him off. He must be feeling like a right mug."
7. Stick it on him/her
Definition: To make a move on someone, or to flirt excessively.
As in: "Do not even think about sticking it on me tonight."
Definition: To be excited or euphoric.
As in: "Look at the girls working out in their bikinis. I'm proper buzzin'."