The following blog was written by Arlene Miller (a.k.a. the grammar diva) at http://www.bigwords101.com and published here by permission. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Manspreading? Butt dialing? These are real words? Well, yes . . . and no.
The Oxford Dictionary has added 1000 new words to its online dictionary in the latest quarterly update. Many of these words are slang, such as manspreading and butt dialing. When words become commonly used, the Oxford Dictionary adds them. Although you now may wonder if such words are now considered esoteric and high falutin — after all, we are talking about the Oxford Dictionary — think again. The Oxford Dictionary adds words that are in common usage in the English language. However, there is also the Oxford English Dictionary, “the definitive record of the English language.” Although that dictionary is also updated with new words, 500 in the latest update, it is the more formal dictionary. However, both dictionaries are published by the Oxford University Press.
The Oxford Dictionary – Contains informal and slang words that are common enough to be included.
The Oxford English Dictionary – Contains new words, but not those considered slang.
Here are some of the highlights of new words added to the Oxford Dictionary:
Manspreading – This word was coined by commuters and refers to men on public transportation who sit with their legs wide apart, thus taking up more than one seat so no one can sit in the surrounding seats.
Butt dialing – Accidentally calling someone with your cell phone in a rear pocket (possibly while you are manspreading).
Awesomesauce – Great or wonderful. I have heard this word only on an insurance commercial. I am surprised it is even slang.
Beer o’clock and wine o’clock – No, I didn’t make this up. I think you probably decide what times these really are.
Cat cafe – I had never heard of this before my daughter happened to tell me about it a few days ago. Imagine a Starbucks combined with a cat shelter. Yes, this is where customers come to play with cats who live at the cafe.
Brain fart – This one had been around a while and is a temporary loss of mental capacity
Bruh – Used to refer to a male friend and often used as a form of address.
Cakeage – Like corkage for wine, a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied.
Hangry – Just like it sounds, being irritable and angry because one is hungry.
Fat-shame – To humiliate someone by making fun of their size. (Now, that’s bullying!)
Fur baby – A pet cat, dog, or other furry animal.
Mx – A title used before a person’s name that does not specify gender.
Rage-quit- To become frustrated with some activity, commonly a video game, and quit in anger.
Rando – A person whom one doesn’t know who is likely acting suspicious or weird.
Redditor – A registered user of the website Reddit.
Snackable – Online content that is easily read and digested.
Swatting – Making a hoax call to emergency services to bring a large number of armed police officers to a particular address.
Weak sauce – Something of poor quality. This must be the opposite of awesome sauce.
I was going to make you wait until next week, but I won’t! Here are some of the 500 new words that have been added to the fancier Oxford English Dictionary in the its recent update:
- comedy of errors
- go-for-it (adjective)
- half-ass (adjective)
- hardwire (adjective)
- hot mess
- jeggings (jean leggings)
- tan line
- -uber (as a prefix)