Oh, how the times are a changin’! It feels like Oxford Dictionaries add new words all the time and in fact they do – every quarter.
The latest quarterly update has seen an eye-watering 1000 new words added to the dictionary, among them some very funny, but also absurd phrases.
To make the cut, Oxford Dictionaries must have evidence that the word is being widely used in the English language – so if you haven’t heard some of these words, it’s best to brush up now!
It should be clarified that the Oxford Web Dictionary is a little different to the actual Oxford English Dictionary most of us have in our home – the web one has infinitely more words, while the hard copy has to cut down on a few.
Here’s 20 of 1000 new words that have been added to the dictionary:
Awesomesauce, adj.: (U.S. informal) extremely good; excellent
Beer o’clock, n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer
blockchain, n.: a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly
brain fart, n.: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
bruh, n: (U.S. informal) a male friend (often used as a form of address)
buttdial, v.: (U.S. informal) inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket
cakeage,n.: (informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves
cat cafe, n.: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
fast-casual, adj.: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant offering dishes that are prepared to order and more expensive than those available in a typical fast-food restaurant
fatberg, n.: a very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
fat-shame, v.: cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size
Grexit, n.: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)
hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
MacGyver, v.: (U.S. informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats
mic drop, n.: (informal, chiefly U.S.) an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive
Mx, n.: a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female
Rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
skippable, adj.: (of a part or feature of something) able to be omitted or passed over so as to get to the next part or feature
wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine