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Oxford: YOLO, hot mess, side boob and other 'amazeball' Oxford word entries

YOLO! The Oxford dictionary, in their most recent inclusion of words and phrases popularized by vogue fads, pop-culture and Internet slang, has formally made a place in their uppity word annals for such trendy entries as YOLO, binge-watch, side-boob, bedroom tax and douchebaggery.

Oxford: YOLO, hot mess, side boob and other 'amazeball' Oxford word entries
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Oxford says it best:

We don’t mean to humblebrag, but the August update to is bare good and nailed on to interest and impress you. Throw an air punch or have a bro hug (don’t be cray and throw shade or show us the side-eye); be a baller and join the hyperconnected vocabulary fandom and read on to discover which new words from the worlds of popular culture, technology, the news, and more have been added to

We’ll admit, we have little to no idea what the above paragraph means, but then again, most of our writing team here at Examiner is kick’n it old school. (See? Journalists can be wicked cool too – and yes I know I’ve just dated myself).

Oxford does try to keep their dictionaries somewhat separate. Sort of like 18th century gents in the parlour with their brandy and cigars versus teens talking in a mall food court.

Explains the Washington Post:

That’s right: “YOLO” (“you only live once”) is in the Oxford online dictionary. That’s not to be confused with Oxford’s tonier, more exclusive cousin, the Oxford English Dictionary — the bound and more tightly edited dead-tree format. But it’s still something, right?

Oxford explains their process of considering new words:

Our most important resources are the Oxford English Corpus and the Oxford Reading Programme. The Corpus consists of entire documents sourced largely from the World Wide Web, while the Reading Programme is an electronic collection of sentences or short extracts drawn from a huge variety of writing, from song lyrics and popular fiction to scientific journals. It's based on the contributions of an international network of readers who are on the lookout for instances of new words and meanings or other language changes ... New terms have to be recorded in a print or online source before they can be considered: it's not enough just to hear them in conversation or on television.

So knowing that, we now have a list of acknowledged words that include the following:

Amazeballs – Extremely good or impressive; amazing

Anti-vax – Opposed to vaccinations

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 men hugging

Clickbait – (On the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page

Cray – Crazy

Doncha – An informal contraction for don’t you

Douchebaggery – Obnoxious or contemptible behavior

Fratty – Characteristic of a student fraternity or its members (often with reference to rowdy behavior)

Hench – (Of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles

Hot mess – A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered

Hot mic – A microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private

Listicle – An article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list

Mansplain – (Of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing

Neckbeard – A growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming

Pogonophobia – Extreme dislike of beards (no doubt because of seeing too many neckbeards)

Side boob – the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing

SMH – Shaking (or shake) my head (used in electronic communication to express disapproval, exasperation, frustration, etc.)

Spit take – An act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising

Trigger warning – A statement at the start of a piece of writing, video, etc. alerting the reader or viewer to the fact that it contains potentially distressing material

WDYT – What do you think? (used in electronic communication)

Zonkey – The hybrid offspring of a donkey and a zebra

The above terms join previous Oxford entries of selfie, twerking, bathroom break, OMG!, THX, and LOL. We're not telling you what they mean, because come one, you've had at least a year to learn them.

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