Just recently we wrote an article in which we covered the new words that have been added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary here at Fair Languages. And of course they’re not the only ones to do so.
Prestigious Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) also introduced a list of new words that made it into the latest version of the dictionary.
The criteria of the quarterly updates is that these words have made it into common language and culture. Like in the update of Merriam-Webster, technology and Internet culture related words and phrases remains one of the biggest influences, social media and new abbreviations also go strong.
The ODO additions feature words and abbreviations like
- douche - an obnoxious or contemptible person, typically a man
- DW - a person’s wife (used in electronic communication)
- hackathon - an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming
- lifecasting - the practice of broadcasting a continuous live flow of video material on the Internet which documents one’s day-to-day activities
- lolz - fun, laughter, or amusement
- photobomb - spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by suddenly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke
As a side note: if you ask yourself whether there is a difference between the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and the Oxford Dictionary Online (ODO), the answer is yes.
Whereas the ODO focuses on modern words and their meaning the OED is a historical dictionary, a record of all the core words from old English until today and thus also contains words that are no longer active in modern English. Words in the OED are also ordered chronologically.
The ODO is the right dictionary for current language and practical use with a rich databank of 21st century words and examples to illustrate their use.
The OED, on the other hand, is the right dictionary for people looking for historical change and development of the English language. To each their own.
For even more words and expressions like group hug, guilty pleasure, mwahahaha or hosepipe ban visit the Oxford Dictionaries Online website.