OMG that’s so OED. Or, taking a wander through the weird world of very English words.

The folks at the Oxford English Dictionary have an almost overwhelming job: keeping up with the changes of the English-speaking world. The OED is updated four times a year (March, June, September, and December) and the March revision has just arrived, and oh what a laugh!

Here’s a list of 176 new words that have been added to the OED. Those in BOLD (only 46) are ones that we’d never heard of!  Because they are currently updating the R section, there’s a preponderance of  r words.  Some of which we’re not sure we even

  • about round, adv.
  • ambigram, n.
  • banh mi, n.
  • Barnard’s star, n. (see above picture)
  • bet-hedging, n.
  • bet-hedging, adj.
  • biker, n.
  • biologic, adj. and n.
  • calligram, n.
  • car crash, n.
  • couch surf, v.
  • couch surfer, n.
  • couch surfing, n.
  • cream crackered, adj.
  • crème de cassis, n.
  • Divehi, n.
  • dot-bomb, n. and adj.
  • dotted line, n. and adj.
  • drill-down, n.
  • dubplate, n.
  • Dutch colonial, adj. and n.
  • ego-surf, v.
  • ego-surfing, n.
  • English colonial, adj. and n.
  • fabless, adj.
  • fnarr fnarr, int. and adj.
  • gnasher, n.
  • gremolata, n.
  • headline, v.
  • headlined, adj.
  • headlining, adj.
  • hentai, n.
  • heteronormative, adj.
  • heteronormativity, n.
  • Hindutva, n.
  • June, n.
  • kleftiko, n.
  • la-la land, n.
  • lari, n.
  • LOL, n.1
  • LOL, int. and n.2
  • lumpenintelligentsia, n.
  • meep, n. (and int.)
  • meep, v.
  • muffin top, n.
  • non-dom, n.
  • non-domicile, n.
  • non-domiciled, adj.
  • OMG, int., (n.), and adj.
  • pap, n.5
  • pap, v.3
  • party-crasher, n.
  • party-crashing, n.
  • party-crashing, adj.
  • radioprotectant, adj. and n.
  • rotograph, v.
  • rotoscope, v.
  • rotoscoped, adj.
  • rotoscoping, n.
  • rototill, v.
  • rototilled, adj.
  • rotten egg, n.
  • Rotterdammer, n.
  • Rottie, n.
  • rottle, n.2
  • rotty, adj.
  • rouding time, n.
  • rough-cut, adj.
  • rough-cut, v.
  • rough-dress, v.
  • roughed-in, adj.
  • rough-in, n.
  • roughstock, n.
  • roulade, v.
  • roulading, n.
  • roulette, v.
  • roundman, n.
  • round-nose, adj. and n.
  • round-trip, v.
  • roupily, adv.
  • Roussanne, n.
  • roustabouting, n.
  • routed, adj.2
  • router, n.6
  • routery, n.
  • routineness, n.
  • rowdily, adv.
  • rowed, adj.3
  • rower, n.3
  • rowlock, n.2
  • Royal Free disease, n.  We don’t know and we don’t want to know.
  • royalness, n.
  • rozzle, v.
  • RSA, n.2
  • Rt. Rev., n.
  • Rt. Revd., n.
  • Ru, n.
  • rua, n.
  • ruach, n.
  • rub-a-dub, v.1
  • rubber-banded, adj.
  • rubberization, n.
  • rubberize, v.1
  • Rubisco, n.
  • rubrene, n.
  • rubrification, n.2
  • rubus, n.
  • ruck, v.7
  • ruckly, adj.2
  • rude, n.1
  • rudimentarily, adv.
  • ruesome, adj.
  • ruff, n.10
  • ruff, int. (and n.11)
  • rufiyaa, n.
  • Rugby sevens, n.
  • rugelach, n.
  • rugulate, adj.
  • ruleful, adj.
  • rumble-de-thumps, n.
  • Ruminal, adj.1
  • rumminess, n.1
  • rumour control | rumor control, n.
  • Rumping, adj.
  • rumspringa, n.
  • run-and-shoot, adj. and n.
  • runathon, n.
  • runchick, n.
  • Rungu, n.
  • runiform, adj.
  • run-round, n.
  • ruote, n.
  • Rupert, n.
  • RUPP, n.
  • Ruppia, n.
  • rural economics, n.
  • Rurales, n.
  • ruralite, n.
  • Russellite, n.1 and adj.
  • Russellite, n.2
  • Russellite, n.3
  • Russophilia, n.
  • Russophobic, adj.
  • Russophone, n. and adj.
  • russula, n.
  • rusticate, adj.
  • rusticator, n.
  • rusticle, n.
  • Rusyn, n. and adj.
  • Ruthenic, adj.1
  • ruthenous, adj.
  • Ruthian, adj.
  • rutinic, adj.
  • rutting, n.2
  • ryanodine, n.
  • ryotei, n.
  • ryugi, n.
  • Second Coming, n.  Really, this is just now making it into the OED?
  • singledom, n.
  • Skidi, n. and adj.
  • smack talk, n.
  • smack talking, n.
  • smack-talking, adj.
  • spinback, n.
  • state-run, adj.
  • stonewash, n.
  • stonewash, v.
  • stonewashed, adj.
  • suicide door, n.  First  created in the 1920s, and only now in the OED
  • taquito, n.
  • tetri, n.
  • tinfoil hat, n.
  • Wag, n.4
  • wassup, int.  Really?  That’s not even a word.
  • yidaki, n.

 

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