Oxford Dictionaries announced the latest additions to its world of informal language on Wednesday, reminding us all how ridiculous we sound sometimes.
There are phrases that are kind of hilariously useless (“cat cafe”), while others seem a bit late to the game (“MacGyver”, “pocket dial” and “microaggression”). But most are words that we find ourselves using frequently, despite their new presence in modern vernacular. Others still are perceptive reflections of our present culture, such as “Mx.”, a gender-neutral honorific for people who wish to eschew titles of Mr. or Mrs.
It is important to note that Oxford Dictionaries is the branch of the Oxford family that focuses on words people use now, and how they’re using them–rather than the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, which surely has more rigorous standards before allowing ridiculous sounding words or phrases on its hallowed pages.
Here’s a sampling of new inductees into the Oxford Dictionaries:
awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent
barbacoa (noun): (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has slowly been cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.
brain fart (noun): a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
bruh (noun): a male friend (often used as a form of address)
butt dial (verb): inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket
butthurt (adjective): overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful
cat cafe (noun): a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
fat-shame (verb): 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
hangry (adjective): bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
MacGyver (verb): make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
manic pixie dream girl (noun): (especially in film) 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
manspreading (noun): 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
mic drop (noun): an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive
microaggression (noun): 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
Mx (noun): 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
pwnage (noun): (especially in video gaming) the action or fact of utterly defeating an opponent or rival
rando (noun): a person one does now know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behavior
Redditor (noun): a registered user of the website Reddit
wine o’clock (noun): an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine
We’re kind of butthurt that possibly the most irritating adjective ever–“awesomesauce”–made the cut.
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