Saturday, November 7, 2015
Oh look! Shiny new words!
One of the exciting advantages of online dictionaries, is that unlike their printed forefathers, new words can continually be added without having to delete older words to make room for them. I hate the idea of losing words, so I’m all in favor of this system.
One thousand new words have been recently added to OxfordDictionaries.com in its quarterly update. One of my favorite new words is “manspreading”. Nothing raises the ire of a woman forced to squeeze herself into half a seat on public transport, as much as the man who can’t sit any other way than with his legs so wide apart he needs all of his seat and most of hers as well.
After two years “hangry” has finally made its way in, along with Grexit, NBD (no big deal) and nine hundred plus others.
For the full story check out: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/how-a-new-word-enters-an-oxford-dictionary
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