'Buzzworthy' new vocabulary added to dictionary
If you think buzzworthy new vocabulary is rather derp, maybe you should take some me time with a cake pop and grats yourself for being above it all while offering no apols.
And if any of the words above leave you a little perplexed, you could currently be experiencing FOMO – fear of missing out. Or, news hasn’t reached you that Oxford University Press has announced the latest quarterly updates to Oxford Dictionaries Online, its free online dictionary of current English.
The influence of the fashionable world of gastronomy is evident in the inclusions; from those cake pops – “a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick so as to resemble a lollipop” - to blondies and guac. All of which might leave you with a food baby and wanting to vom.
Technology remains a catalyst for emerging words as well. When was the last time you used a bitcoin? “A digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.”
And next time you go clothes shopping or to the hair salon, why not baffle everyone by requesting chandelier earrings, double denim, fauxhawk, flatform, jorts or a pixie cut.
Angus Stevenson from Oxford Dictionaries Online said: “New words, senses and phrases are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.
“Each month we add about 150 million words to our corpus database of English usage examples collected from sources around the world. We use this database to track and verify new and emerging words and senses on a daily basis. On average, we add approximately 1,000 new entries to Oxford Dictionaries Online every year, and this quarter’s update highlights some fascinating developments in the English language.”
The Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012, omnishambles, is also among the new entries. Originally used in political comedy tv series The Thick of It, omnishambles gained popularity as a word used to describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation, characterised by a shambolic string of blunders.
• apols, pl. n. (informal): apologies.
• bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
• blondie, n.: a small square of dense, pale-coloured cake, typically of a butterscotch or vanilla flavour.
• buzzworthy, adj. (informal): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
• cake pop, n.: a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick so as to resemble a lollipop.
• chandelier earring, n.: a long, elaborate dangling earring, typically consisting of various tiers of gemstones, crystals, beads, etc.
• derp, exclam. & n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.
• double denim, n.: a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.
• fauxhawk, n: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved).
• flatform, n.: a flat shoe with a high, thick sole.
• FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
• food baby, n.: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.
• grats, pl. n. (informal): congratulations.
• guac, n.: guacamole.
• jorts, pl. n.: denim shorts.
• me time, n. (informal): time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.
• omnishambles, n. (informal): a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.
• pear cider, n.: an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of pears.
• pixie cut, n.: a woman’s short hairstyle in which the hair is cropped in layers, typically so as to create a slightly tousled effect.
• vom, v. & n. (informal): (be) sick; vomit.