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Mwahahaha, Brahs: Check Out Oxford Dictionaries’ Newest Words
August 23, 2012
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Okay, all you English aficionados. Get ready to officially add some new words to your vocabulary. That's right, the Oxford Dictionaries Online has added a bunch of new words.

Words such as "vajazzle." Or "micropig." Or "mwahahaha" ("exclamation, used to represent laughter, especially manic or cackling laughter such as that uttered by a villainous character").

The folks who oversee the Dictionary release a list of new words every so often, but unlike the ones they put out in June - including sober entries such as "acidulum" and "spirulina" - today's words are mostly on the light and silly side. Alongside the ones above, they've also introduced "photobomb" and "ridic" to the official list.

So where did these new terms come from? On their site, they say "here at Oxford Dictionaries we use language research to describe, rather than prescribe, language usage." Meaning they found these terms out there in the world being used by regular people. So it's our fault that "douche" has an official new definition.

Of course, the Oxford University Press isn't the only dictionary that's adding new stuff. The folks at Merriam Webster made some waves a few days ago when they added "f-bomb" to their dictionary, along with "sexting", "flexitarian", "life coach" and some other new terms.

As for the Oxford additions, here's the full list they released today. It's an interesting mix of some coinages that have to be pretty new (no "tweeps" without Twitter) and some that have existed for quite a while (the "soulpatch" has been here for years):

date night
dirty martini
ethical hacker
group hug
guilty pleasure
hat tip
hosepipe ban
soul patch
video chat
vote someone/thing off the island

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