If you are young, prepare to feel like the older generation is encroaching upon you. If you are old, prepare to feel much older. If you don’t feel young or old, chances are you are old, but maybe you can appear young by making sure you are “hip” to the “lingo.”Â Yes, it is once again time for the Oxford University Press to add some words to the Online Dictionary that were never considered words before. Years of accusations that a certain person was “butthurt” are now accusations made of institutionalized language according to Oxford Online Dictionary.
The good old standard of the English language, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED for short) remains dedicated to preserving older words in the print edition, but Oxford University Press allows the online version to be much more up-to-date with the modern vernacular. Or, as the head of content development Angus StevensonÂ puts it: “New words, senses, and phrases are added to OxfordDictionaries.com when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a wide range of sources to be sure that they have widespread currency in the English language.”
So, the currency you always expected with words like hangry (anger caused by hunger), wine o’clock (an appropriate time of day to drink wine), and rage quit (when you give up on something because of intense anger), are now recognized by the world at large.
cupcakery, n.: a bakery that specializes in cupcakes
Not all of the added words are fun slang portmanteau like Grexit (seriously added as “a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone”), a lot of them have to do with representation in dialogue both online and off. Words like “mircoagression” (a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority) and Mx. (a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender) point to how speech evolves for how minorities are perceived in the world.
Also added, some less fun but widely used gender based stereotypes like “manspreading” (the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart), and “manic pixie dream girl”(a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist).
Have no fear, fun-loving language obsessives, your normal slate of gamer words are thrown in as well from ”
“meeple” for the board gamers to “pwnage” for the online gamers. Redditors and subreddits both will be easier to define, even if it is minorly disappointing that the particular technology Reddit represents has been bound to a brand name.
mecha, n.: (in anime, manga, etc.) a large armoured robot, typically controlled by a person riding inside the robot itself
Young or old, the adding of words to “official language” doesnâ€™t have to be a chore, the joys can be found in simple pleasures like this actual, honest to God, truly existing, not-making-it-up addition that makes “MacGuyver” a verb:
MacGyver, v.: (US informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
For a partial list of the most notable added words from Oxford University Press,Â click here.