Latest new words added to the Oxford English
Oxford editors have welcomed a new batch of
words to their database, validating young people
and making life less confusing for old people
Oxford Dictionaries, the arm of the Oxford family
that focuses on current English, announced on
Wednesday that they’ve added the latest batch of
words to their ranks.
For all those who are ready to set their quills to
parchment and declare the end of the English
language, now that such frivolous terms are getting
respect from Oxford, please keep in mind that this
is not the Oxford English Dictionary. That arm of the
family is more like the serious and intellectual
grandfather who constantly withholds his approval
from younger generations. In other words, the OED
editors require words to have much more historical,
significant impact before adding them to that
Caveats made, here is a selection of Oxford
acquihire (n.): buying out a company primarily for
the skills and expertise of its staff.
adorbs (adj.): arousing great delight; cute or
air punch (n.): thrusting one’s clenched fist up into
the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.
amazeballs (adj.): very impressive, enjoyable, or
anti-vax (adj.): opposed to vaccination.
binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a
television program in rapid succession.
bro hug (n.): a friendly embrace between two men.
clickbait (n.): (on the Internet) content whose main
purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a
particular web page.
cray (adj.): crazy, but without that time-consuming
Deep Web (n.): the part of the World Wide Web that
is not discoverable by means of standard search
doncha (contraction): don’t you.
douchebaggery (n.): obnoxious or contemptible
e-cig (n.): another term for electronic cigarette.
fandom (n.): the fans of a particular person, team,
series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or
fast follower (n.): a company that quickly imitates
the innovations of its competitors.
5:2 diet (n.): a diet that involves eating normally for
five days out of a seven-day period and greatly
restricting the amount of food eaten on the other
FML (abbrev.): (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to
express dismay at a frustrating personal situation)
hate-watch (v.): watch (a television program
usually) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from
mocking or criticizing it.
hot mess (n.): a person or thing that is spectacularly
unsuccessful or disordered.
hot mic (n.): a microphone that is turned on, in
particular one that broadcasts a spoken remark that
was intended to be private.
humblebrag (n. & v.): (make) an ostensibly modest
or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose
is to draw attention to something of which one is
hyperconnected (adj.): characterized by the
widespread or habitual use of devices that have
ICYMI (abbrev.): in case you missed it.
listicle (n.): an Internet article presented in the form
of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.
live-tweet (v.): post comments about (an event) on
Twitter while the event is taking place.
mansplain (v.): (of a man) explain something to
someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded
as condescending or patronizing.
mud run (n.): an event in which participants
negotiate a course consisting of obstacles filled or
covered with mud.
neckbeard (n.): growth of hair on a man’s neck,
especially when regarded as indicative of poor
Paleo diet (n.): a diet based on the type of foods
presumed to have been eaten by early humans.
second screen (n.): a mobile device used while
watching television, especially to access
supplementary content or applications.
sentiment analysis (n.): the process of
computationally identifying and categorizing
opinions expressed in a piece of text.
side bosom (n.): the side part of a woman’s bosom,
as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.
side-eye (n.): a sidelong glance expressing
disapproval or contempt.
smartwatch (n.): a mobile device with a touchscreen
display, worn on the wrist.
SMH (abbrev.): shaking (or shake) my head (used to
express disapproval, exasperation, etc.).
spit take (n.): (especially as a comic technique) an
act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in
response to something funny or surprising.
subtweet (n.): (on Twitter) a post that refers to a
particular user without directly mentioning them,
typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism.
tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in
the use of modern technology.
time-poor (adj.): spending much of one’s time
working or occupied.
throw shade (phr.): publicly criticize or express
contempt for someone.
vape (v.): inhale and exhale the vapor produced by
an electronic cigarette or similar device.
WDYT (abbrev.): what do you think?
YOLO (abbrev.): you only live once (expressing the
view that one should make the most of the present
Latest new words added to the Oxford English