New Words, Who Dis
The Oxford English Dictionary has released a brand new list of words that they are now officially included in the publication.
The dictionary has added in a mix of slang words into the mix such as, ‘Mansplaining’ – when something is explained: “needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly, especially to a woman, in a manner thought to reveal a patronising or chauvinistic attitude”. It’s believed that the term originated from an internet exchange between a man and a woman in 2008.
What’s Been Added?
And ‘hangry’ – “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger” – is another ‘new’ word, it can be traced back to a psychoanalytic journal from 1956.
Also added the definition of ‘snowflake’ – previously only a meteorological term – now has an additional OED definition as “overly sensitive or as feeling entitled to special treatment or consideration”. The term gathered usage as it became more popular in politics and on social media this year.
A variety of acronyms can also be seen on the list, such as “TTC”, a term using my online parenting forum Mumsnet which means “Trying to conceive.”
The OED routinely consults experts to determine which words should be added to its 829,000, with the next update due in April 2018. For now, lets hope ‘lit’ will be the next addition.