25 bizarre entries to OxfordDictionaries - 'manspreading' going viral
We’ve got a handy little table below with a selection of some of the new words that have been added.
Some of them are truly odd but we hope you enjoy them.
(US informal) extremely good; excellent
Beer o’clock (noun)
An appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer
Brain fart (noun)
(informal) A temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
(informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves
Cat cafe (noun)
A cafe or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
A bakery that specialises in cupcakes
The action or process of causing a person with extreme views to adopt more moderate positions on political or social issues
A very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
Cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size
Fur baby (noun)
A person’s dog, cat, or other furry pet animal
A term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)
(informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats
(informal, chiefly US) non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation)
A title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female
Pocket dial (verb)
Inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone
(informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
(informal) A person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour
A registered user of the website Reddit
Social justice warrior (noun)
(informal, derogatory) A person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views
(of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily
Spear phishing (noun)
The fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information
(US informal) the action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address
Weak sauce (noun)
(US informal) something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality
Wine o’clock (noun)
An appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine
OxfordDictionaries.com issues quarterly updates on current definitions of English words.
Oxford Dictionaries said the addition of multiple slang words showed "creative" use of language.
New words and phrases are added to the website once editors have enough independent evidence to be confident of their widespread currency in English.
However, they do not gain an entry into the Oxford English Dictionary unless there is a demonstration of continued historical use.
According to Oxford Dictionary's language monitoring service, hangry has seen its usage increase since 2012, with a spike in April 2014 connected to an American study about low glucose levels making people cross.
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