Contact Us

‘Amazeballs’, ‘YOLO’, ‘Douchebaggery’, ‘Side boob’ Added to Oxford Dictionary

SMH: The Oxford Dictionaries  just updated the words in their online database and it’s full of  internet slang and pop culture references. Yes, “SMH” is in there. Along with “FML”, “bro hug”, “cray”, and “hot mess”. Well, I’m feeling pretty confident– I totally know these words! I must be pretty hip. Oh wait, there’s more ? Um, what’s a “dox”? Or a “cotch” ? Ok, maybe I’m not that hip. If your vocabulary could use an update, read on for more new words.

In case you were worried that the acknowledgement of these worlds means the decline of the English language and society as a whole, don’t worry. The Oxford Dictionaries and the Oxford English Dictionaries are not the same thing. The Oxford Dictionaries is the online branch the handles current English and its modern usage. The Oxford English Dictionary  is the older, “official” dictionary, with a much tighter editing process.

So where does Oxford find new words? They explain:

Our most important resources are the Oxford English Corpus and the Oxford Reading Programme. The Corpus consists of entire documents sourced largely from the World Wide Web, while the Reading Programme is an electronic collection of sentences or short extracts drawn from a huge variety of writing, from song lyrics and popular fiction to scientific journals. It’s based on the contributions of an international network of readers who are on the lookout for instances of new words and meanings or other language changes.

Here are some my favorites:

Side-eye: a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt .

Neckbeard: a growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.

Air punch: An act of thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph or elation.

Here are more of OxfordDictionaries.com‘s August additions:

acquihire dox neckbeard
amazeballs e-cig olinguito
anti-vax FML pharmacovigilance
baller fratty pogonophobia
air punch hench side boob
bare hexacopter side-eye
bedroom tax hot diggity SMH
binge-watch hot mess spit take
brick hot mic subtweet
bro hug humblebrag trackback
catfish hyperconnected trigger warning
clickbait ICYMI vape
cord cutter in silico vax
cotch listicle WDYT
cray live-tweet YOLO
doncha mansplain zonkey
douchebaggery nailed on

More from WGRD

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wgrd.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WGRD 97.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Please solve this simple math problem to prove that you are a real person.

Register on WGRD 97.9 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!