Oxford Dictionary adds online listings for terms including amazeballs, YOLO
By Isabella Higgins
Updated Sat at 12:07amSat 16 Aug 2014, 12:07am
The Oxford Dictionary has validated a slew of popular contemporary slang phrases, including amazeballs, YOLO and side-boob, by including them in its online version.
The colloquiums were added in the August update of OxfordDictionaries.com, not to be mistaken for its sister publication the Oxford English Dictionary which has a more traditional and historical approach to language.
The online dictionary said the latest additions reflected the traction of text and web expressions in modern language.
“There are plenty of informal terms in this update which often feature in online conversations,” the Oxford Dictionaries said on its blog.
Some of the new digital terminologies added to the dictionary include internet terms like “livetweet”, which describes real-time Twitter coverage, “Deep Web”, which refers to an area of the internet not easily accessible from common search engines, and “clickbait” – an eye catching web link.
Widely-used abbreviations, such as SMH (shake my head), ICYMI (in case you missed it), and WDYT (what do you think) were also added to the database.
Many terms included in the update were brought to prominence after their inclusion in pop music.
The term “cray” – short for crazy – was included in a popular 2011 song by Kanye West and Jay-Z, and YOLO (you only live once), was coined in a 2011 track by Canadian rapper Drake.
Drake sought to obtain royalties for the use of the acronym, believing his song The Motto brought on the modern proliferation of the phrase.
Shortened versions of words were popular amongst the additions. The terms “vax”, short for vaccine, and “doncha”, a shortened version of don’t you, were included.
The August inclusions could leave even the most adept English speakers a little baffled, with the addition of conversational words like “mainsplain,” “douchebaggery,” and “hot mess”.
Words added to the Oxford Dictionary:
Acquihire: an act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies.
Amazeballs: extremely good or impressive; amazing.
Anti-Vax: opposed to vaccination.
Baller: a person or device that makes or forms something into balls or: a player of a ball game, especially a talented basketball player or: a successful person, typically one who has a lavish or self-indulgent lifestyle.
Binge-watch: watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.
Bro hug: another term for man hug.
Clickbait: Web content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.
Cord cutter: a person who cancels or forgoes a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative internet-based or wireless service.
Cotch: spend time relaxing
Douchebaggery: obnoxious or contemptible behaviour.
Dox: search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the internet, typically with malicious intent
Hexacopter: an unmanned helicopter having six rotors.
Hot Diggity: used to express excitement or delight.
Hot mess: a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.
Humblebrag: an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.
ICYMI: in case you missed it (used in electronic communication to draw attention to something noteworthy.)
Listicle: an article on the internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.
Neckbeard: a growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.
Pongophobia: extreme dislike of beards.
Side-boob: the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.
Spit take: an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising (especially as a comic technique).
Vape: inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
Zonkey: the hybrid offspring of a donkey and a zebra.