Listicle of 39 new words and phrases on Oxford Dictionaries including listicle ... and false widow!

You Only Live Once - YOLO has been added to Oxford Dictionaries. Pic by Jim Leach via Flickr

You Only Live Once - YOLO has been added to Oxford Dictionaries. Pic by Jim Leach via Flickr

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A range of slang terms, phrases and other trendy words have officially been accepted into the English language, including News Shopper favourites listicle and false widow.

Oxford Dictionaries has revealed the latest update to its free online dictionary.

The additions to OxfordDictionaries.com reflect research into current language usage trends and include new entries such as adorbs, binge-watch, cray, humblebrag, neckbeard, SMH, side boob, vape, and YOLO.

Use of the word binge-watch has shown a steady increase over the past two years, with notable spikes in usage recorded around the Netflix releases of House of Cards, Season Two in February 2014 and Orange is The New Black, Season Two in June 2014.

Changes in our media consumption habits also see hate-watch, live-tweet, second screen, sentiment analysis, cord cutting and hyperconnected added.

Technology more broadly continues to have a strong influence on the English language, and is reflected in new entries including acquihire, clickbait, Deep Web, dox, fast follower, geocache, in silico, octocopter, responsive, smartwatch, and tech-savvy.

Here are brief definitions for some of the new entries:

Adorbs, adj.: (informal) arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

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

Amazeballs, adj.: (informal) very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive.

Bank of Mum and Dad, phr.: (Brit. informal) a person’s parents regarded as source of financial assistance.

Bare, adv.: (Brit. informal) very; really (used as an intensifier).

Bedroom tax, n.: (in the UK) informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Binge-watch, v.: (informal) watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession.

Bro hug, n.: (US informal) friendly embrace between two men.

Clickbait, n.: (informal) (on the Internet) content…whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

Cotch, v.: (Brit. informal) spend time relaxing; stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis.

Cray, adj. (also cray cray): (US informal) crazy.

Deep Web, n.: the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.

Doncha, contraction: (informal) don’t you.

Douchebaggery, n.: (N. Amer. informal) obnoxious or contemptible behaviour.

Dox, v.: (informal) search for and publish private data about (an individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

E-cig, n.: (informal) another term for electronic cigarette.

False widow, n.: a spider resembling the black widow, some species of which are moderately poisonous to humans.

Fandom, n.: the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

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 two days.

FML, abbrev.: (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation).

Hate-watch, v.: (informal) watch (a television programme) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it.

Hench, adj.: (Brit. informal) (of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles.

Hot mess, n.: (US informal) a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.

Hot mic, n.: (informal) a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private.

Humblebrag, n. & v.: (informal) (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to somethingof which one is proud.

ICYMI, abbrev.: (informal) in case you missed it.

Listicle, n.: an Internet article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.

Mansplain, v.: (informal) (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

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

Second screen, n.: a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications.

Side boob, n.: (informal) the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.

Side-eye, n.: (informal , chiefly US): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.

Smartwatch, n.: a mobile device with a touchscreen display, worn on the wrist.

SMH, abbrev.: (informal) shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, etc.).

Spit take, n.: (informal) (especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising.

Subtweet, n.: (informal) (on Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism.

WDYT, abbrev.: (informal) what do you think?

YOLO, abbrev.: (informal) you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment).

Which of this additions to Oxford Dictionaries do you love and use the most yourself? Which of them do you despise hearing other people say and would never dream of using yourself? Add your comments below.

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12:47pm Thu 14 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

S.A.D. stupid adolescent deficiencies.
S.A.D. stupid adolescent deficiencies. sarfflondonbird
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2:34pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Darfool says...

Please don't allow this to continue, take out all the americanisms and the chav speak and teach the yoof proper English like wot we was taught :)
Please don't allow this to continue, take out all the americanisms and the chav speak and teach the yoof proper English like wot we was taught :) Darfool
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