The lexicographers at the Oxford English Dictionary have spoken, and manspreading, Grexit, Brexit and butt dial are all now official words in English. Once a year, the hard-working staff at the OED releases a batch of new words to be added to indubitably the most well-known dictionary of the English language.
L’Acadamie francaise and other hide-bound language councils are dedicated to the purity of their mother tongue, but English has no equivalent organization as change thinly disguised as progress has long been a key cultural tenet of English-speaking peoples. The creation of new words and new usages is encouraged in English, in fact it’s really become a generational rite of passage for new terms that reflect new, evolving cultural realities to emerge from the youth subculture every few years.
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Oxford English Dictionary’s new words for 2015
Check out a few of the OED’s new words for 2015 (with slightly enhanced definitions) below:
awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; beyond excellent
bants (noun): short for banter; playful teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group
brain fart (noun): a temporary mental lapse or memory failure
Brexit (noun): a term for the (soon-to-be-not) hypothetical departure of the UK from the European Union
bruh (noun): phonetic for “bro” or brother; a male friend (typically a form of address)
butt dial (verb): to accidentally and embarrassingly call make a call from a mobile phone in your pants pocket
butthurt (adjective): overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful, as in sensitive after a spanking (figurative or literal)
cakeage (noun): a charge at a restaurant for serving a cake they have not baked themselves
cat cafe (noun): a café or other place of business where people pay to play, pet etc. with cats on the premises
cupcakery (noun): a bakery that specializes in cupcakes; a good place for sweethearts of all persuasions to mix and mingle
deradicalization (noun): the process of a person with extreme views gradually adopting more moderate positions on political or social issues, also known as “Mission Impossible”
fast-casual (adjective): denoting a type of (relatively) high-quality self-service restaurant that offers prepared-to-order and more expensive meals than fast-food restaurants
fatberg (noun): a gigantic blob of solid fat in a sewer system, usually congealed food fats and greases as well as personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets; fatbergs are a growing problem in major metropolitan sewage systems
fat-shame (verb): to make a fat or overweight person feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their weight; see dwarf tossing
fur baby (noun): another name for a (typically small) dog, cat, or other furry pet animal
glanceable (adjective): information, especially displayed on an electronic screen, that can be read and/or understood quickly and easily; a male term of appreciation for the breasts or butt of an attractive female
Grexit (noun): a term for the potential (inevitable) withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone
hangry (adjective): bad-tempered or irritable because of hunger; extremely hungry
manspreading (noun): practice whereby a man adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart to take up an adjacent seat; especially common (and particularly aggravating) on public transportation.