Oxford English Dictionary reveal new words

Time to twerk it out…

It’s exactly as Miley Cyrus dreamed – ‘twerk’ has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, along with a host of other pop-culture terms.

A new blogpost on the OED website revealed the addition of the new words to the esteemed tome.

Speaking to the BBC about the new additions to the dictionary, Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said: “By last year, it had generated enough currency to be added to our new words watch list and by the spring, we had enough evidence of usage frequency in a breadth of sources to consider adding it to our dictionaries of current English”.

More than 1,000 new words are added to the OED each year in order to reflect the ever-evolving English language. 

Other terms that have been included as part of the dictionary’s most recent quarterly update include ‘phablet’, ‘food baby’ and ‘digital detox’.

‘Omnishambles’ – which is also a newcomer – was also voted as the OED’s prestigious Word Of The Year. Well, la-di-da.

10 of our favourite new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary…

  • Twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
  • Digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
  • Double denim, n.: a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.
  • Phablet, n: smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.
  • Food baby, n.: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.
  • Emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.
  • Srsly, adv, informal: short for seriously.
  • Cake pop, n: a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick so as to resemble a lollipop.
  • Selfie, n: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
  • Omnishambles, n: a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.

Visit http://oxforddictionaries.com to find out more.

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