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New Words in Oxford Dictionary

Today, we are going to look at some of the 1,000 or so new words that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in their September quarterly update for 2016.

Ones to watch out for are ‘moobs’, ‘gender-fluid’ and ‘yolo’. ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ and other colourful Roald Dahl words like ‘Oompa Loompa’ and ‘human bean’ are included in the latest edition to celebrate the centenary of his birth. Another of Dahl’s words includes ‘splendiferous’, which means full or abounding in splendour.

‘Moobs’ are a term used for unusually prominent breasts on a man. ‘Gender-fluid’ describes a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender. ‘Yolo’ is the acronym for the term “You only live once”.

‘Twerk’ and ‘Selfie’ – headline new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

Recently ‘Twerk’ and ‘Selfie’ headlined new words added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. Today’s generation of young people have created plenty of other new words. Their priority interests are technology, fashion, food and self-involvement; the ‘me, me, me’ generation! These areas are all reflected in the latest quarterly update to the online dictionary.

‘Twerk’ is a dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner. Miley Cyrus famously did a twerk at the MTV Awards. ‘Selfie’ means when you have taken a photo of yourself, usually with a smartphone or webcam.

Category: English / Dictionary / New Words