The future of the world of words is here.
Oxford Dictionaries have got some good news for the world as a few thousand new words and popular Internet slangs such as “brain fart” and “mic drop” have just been officially introduced as part of the English language.
Bam! *mic drop*
The new batch of words were revealed on the Oxford Dictionaries’ official blog today, showing us how the English language has progressed since the early medieval era. While some words are informal, they are still considered as part of the English language after being given legitimacy by the Oxford Dictionaries.
This is especially useful for writers and editors who want to understand some of these questionable terms that have never existed until the Internet was born.
From world news to the gaming community to the “cheffy” food scene, here’s a selection of words that you can use:
- Hangry (adj.): Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
- Awesome sauce (adj.): Extremely good; excellent
- Brain fart (noun): A temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
- Bitch face (noun): (Typically with reference to a woman) a scowling facial expression, especially as the natural cast of a person’s features
- Rage-quit (verb): Angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
- Manspreading (noun): 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
- Wine o’clock (noun): An appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine
- Butt hurt (noun): Overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful:
- Redditor (noun): A registered user of the website Reddit
- Snackable (adj.): (Of food) suitable to be eaten as a snack, or (Of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily
- Butt dial (verb): Inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone.
- Butt dial (noun): An inadvertent call made on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone.
- Mic drop (noun): 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 (noun)” 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.
Similar to the previous update, most of these words have only been added to the online edition of Oxford Dictionary, instead of the published Oxford English Dictionaries with words that have much more historical, significant impact.
If you want to learn more, you can take a look at the full list of the new words at Oxford Dictionaries’ official website.
Source: The Wall Street Journal.