‘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: