New Words Added to the 2016 Dictionary

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The latest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary have been announced, with 1,200 new words and 1,000 revised entries making the cut.
The dictionary, which is updated four times a year.

Included among the latest list are ‘gender-fluid’ – meaning, ‘relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity’, ‘YOLO’ – an abbreviation for ‘you only live once’, and ”Merica’ – a sarcastic term used to described things or events that fit the American stereotype.

Others words chosen this time around are ‘moobs’, which is defined as, ‘unusually prominent breasts on a man’, and ‘non-apology’, meaning: ‘a statement that takes the form of an apology but does not acknowledge responsibility or express regret for what has caused offence or upset.’

‘Clicktivism’ also made the cut this time around, so now you only need one word to describe a person who, ‘signals support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social media, online petitions, etc., rather than by more substantive involvement.’

And college basketball fans would be pleased with the new edition, after ‘bracketology’ – ‘the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament) and the winners of the competition’s stages, as depicted in a diagram representing the sequence of matches’ – was included.

There was also a shout-out for Star Wars lovers, with ‘Yoda’ added as a noun, meaning: ‘a person who embodies the characteristics of Yoda, esp. in being wise; an elder, sage or guru.’

The latest edition also paid tribute to iconic author Roald Dahl, who was born 100 years ago on September 13, 1916.

A selection of the words used specifically by the author have been added to the dictionary, including, frightsome, scrummy, scrumptious, splendiferous, and splendiferousness.

The word dahlesque was also added, which means: ‘Resembling or characteristic of the works of Roald Dahl.’

OED Senior Assistant Editor Jonathan Dent said special consideration was given to the late-author’s unique words and phrases in an attempt to ‘mark the occasion’ of centenary of the birth of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory creator.

Dahl was a British novelist born in Cardiff who died in Oxford in 1990.

Another list of new words for the OED will be released in December.

Words added with definitions

Gender-fluid: (a) (in early use) not clearly or wholly male or female; androgynous; (b) designating a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity (now the usual sense).
Clicktivism: The practice of signaling support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social media, online petitions, etc., rather than by more substantive involvement.
Bracketology: The activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament) and the winners of the competition’s stages, as depicted in a diagram representing the sequence of matches.
Moobs: Unusually prominent breasts on a man (likened to those of a woman), typically as a result of excess pectoral fat.
YOLO: ‘You only live once’; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour).
‘Merica: America. Note: Originally and chiefly in representations of nonstandard speech. Now frequently also in ironic or self-conscious use, emphasizing emblematic or stereotypical qualities of American traditions, institutions and national ideals.
Freemium: A business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for.
Non-apology: A statement that takes the form of an apology but does not acknowledge responsibility or express regret for what has caused offence or upset; an insincere or unconvincing apology.
Yoda: A person who embodies the characteristics of Yoda, esp. in being wise; an elder, sage or guru.
Squee: Representing a high-pitched squealing or squeaking sound produced by an animal, musical instrument, etc.

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