On Thursday, the Oxford English Dictionary announced its latest update, which added almost 500 new words to the compendium, including “twerk,” “hot mess,” “fo’ shizzle,” and “FLOTUS.”
The Oxford English Dictionary's "What's New In Trollcore English" Word of the Year for 2014 is, as you may already know, "vape."
According to the brainiacs at the Oxford English Dictionary — that linguistic treasury that contains more than 800,000 words — some buzzy phrases that seem new fangled are actually kind of old.
You can toss that mix tape you were hanging on to for sentimental purposes because the folks behind the Oxford English Dictionary have decided no one even needs to know what a "cassette tape" is anymore. The term is being removed to make way for new additions like "sexting," "retweet" and "mankini." That's a fabulous…
The next edition of the Oxford English Dictionary will include the words "OMG," "LOL" and "FYI," as well as ♥, as in "I ♥ NYC." That last one's not even a word, right? In the future, let's keep the OED boring and respectable. If we need to make sense of our teenage cousin's texts, we'll consult Urban Dictionary.
If you're an OED enthusiast, you'll be happy (or perhaps horrified?) to know that the famed dictionary has added several new words, including "vuvuzela," "staycation," and "turducken." [NPR]