Today, Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to OxfordDictionaries.com, its free online dictionary of current English.
Words from a wide variety of topics are included in this update, so whatever your field of interest, everyone should find something they think is awesomesauce.
Food and drink have provided a rich seam of new words this quarter, so if you’re feeling a bit hangry then pull up a chair in your local cat cafe or fast-casual restaurant and read on (but if you’re in the mood for something sweet then make sure they won’t charge you cakeage).
Why not try some barbacoa or freekeh? As for something to drink, if it’s not yet wine o’clock, then you could dissolve some matcha in hot water to make tea.
The linguistic influence of current events can be seen in a number of this update’s new entries, from Grexit and Brexit to swatting. We also see the addition of deradicalization, microaggression, and social justice warrior.
Technology and popular culture remain strong influences on language, and are reflected in new entries including rage quit, Redditor and subreddit, spear phishing, blockchain, and manic pixie dream girl.
How we consume information is exemplified by additions such as glanceable, skippable, and snackable. This quarter also sees the addition of the words mecha, pwnage, and kayfabe.
Angus Stevenson, Oxford Dictionaries, said: “New words, senses, and phrases are added to OxfordDictionaries.com when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a wide range of sources to be sure that they have widespread currency in the English language.
“We do much of this research using a range of corpora, including the Oxford English Corpus, our unique language monitoring programme that represents all types of English, from literary novels and specialist journals to everyday newspapers and magazines, and from Hansard to the language of blogs, emails, and social media.
“This quarter’s update shows that contemporary culture continues to have an undeniable and fascinating impact on the language.”
Other informal or slang terms added today include NBD (an abbreviation of ‘no big deal’), mkay, weak sauce, brain fart, and bruh.
Several modern irritations take their place in OxfordDictionaries.com today: who can fail to be annoyed by manspreading, pocket dialling (or butt dialling), or those instances where you MacGyver something and it doesn’t quite work. Never mind, ignore the randos, and go home and cuddle up with your fur baby.
Don’t get butthurt about our bants! Research by the Oxford Dictionaries team has shown that all of the words, senses, and phrases added to OxfordDictionaries.com today have been absorbed into our language, hence their inclusion in this quarterly update. Mic drop.
If you’re not that cool, the following guide shoud help.
awesomesauce, adj.: (US informal) extremely good; excellent
bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter
barbacoa, n.: (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has slowly been cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.
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
Brexit, n.: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union
bruh, n: (US informal) a male friend (often used as a form of address)
butt dial, v.: (US informal) inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket
butthurt, adj.: (US informal) overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful
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
cupcakery, n.: a bakery that specializes in cupcakes
deradicalization, n.: the action or process of causing a person with extreme views to adopt more moderate positions on political or social issues
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
freekeh, n.: a cereal food made from unripened wheat that has been roasted and crushed into small pieces, used especially in Middle Eastern cookery
fur baby, n.: a person’s dog, cat, or other furry pet animal
glanceable, adj.: denoting or relating to information, especially as displayed on an electronic screen, that can be read or understood very quickly and easily
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
kayfabe, n.: (US informal) (in professional wrestling) the fact or convention of presenting staged performances as genuine or authentic
MacGyver, v.: (US informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
manic pixie dream girl, n.: (especially in film) a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist
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
matcha, n.: powdered green tea leaves, dissolved in hot water to make tea or used as a flavouring
mecha, n.: (in anime, manga, etc.) a large armoured robot, typically controlled by a person riding inside the robot itself
meeple, n.: a small figure used as a playing piece in certain board games, having a stylized human form
mic drop, n.: (informal, chiefly US) 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
microaggression, n.: a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority
mkay, excl.: (informal, chiefly US) non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation)
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
pocket dial, v.: inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone
pwnage, n.: (informal) (especially in video gaming) the action or fact of utterly defeating an opponent or rival
rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
rando, n.: (informal) a person one does now know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour
Redditor, n.: a registered user of the website Reddit
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
social justice warrior, n.: (informal, derogatory) a person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views
snackable, adj.: (of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily
spear phishing, n.: the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information
subreddit, n.: a forum dedicated to a specific topic on the website Reddit
swatting, n.: (US informal) the action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address
weak sauce, n.: (US informal) something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality
wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine