Michael Knaapen

Nifty Neologisms: Oxford Approves 50+ New Words

Filed By Michael Knaapen | August 24, 2014 2:00 PM | comments

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Tags: dictionary, hot mess, live tweet, mansplaining, new words, Oxford English Dictionary

dictionary-page.jpgPlutarch said that "in words are seen the state of mind and character and disposition of the speaker." I would add that in a dictionary is seen the state of mind and character and disposition of a culture.

So what does the latest update to the Oxford English Dictionary say about us?

The online edition of the Oxford English Dictionary added over fifty words this week, many of which will be familiar to tech-savvy (one of the new words!) Bilerico readers - words like "hyperconnected" and "live tweet" and "binge-watch."

A number of the new entries will really appeal to the gays, such as "totes," "hot mess," "cray," and "adorbs." If you've ever disagreed with somebody in a thread here and said "SMH" or called someone out for "mansplaining," you are among the pioneers birthing little word babies on the frontier of the English language.

Not to be outdone, the official Scrabble dictionary, published by Merriam-Webster, has released an update. Some of the 5,000 new words in it are also delightfully contemporary, like "hashtag," "frenemy," and "selfie."

If you could any word to the dictionary, what would it be? Are there any words you would remove?


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