“Awesomesauce”, “Manspreading”, “Butthurt” Are Among 23 New Oxford Words!

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Oxford University announced its latest update on Wednesday. It added new words to the web version of the dictionary – OxfordDictionaries.com. Among them are very odd examples: “bants”, “hangry”, “manspreading” and “beer o’clock”.

For adding something new, Oxford Dictionaries must have evidence that the word is being widely used in the English language. It remains to be seen, if new words will ultimately make the Oxford English Dictionary (a historical 1,000-years-old document).

Here is a selection from this latest update:

awesomesauce, adj.: (U.S. informal) extremely good; excellent;

Bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter;

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.: (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;

butthurt, adj.: (U.S. 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;

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.


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