Oxford Dictionaries get new modern words – Awesomesauce!

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Oxford University Press released an update of the new words being added to OxfordDictionaries.com

For new words to be added, Oxford Dictionaries must have evidence that the word is being widely used in the English language.  The words listed below are some of the words that have been added to the web version of the dictionary – we will have to wait and see if they make it into the published versions in the next year or so…

Awesomesauce adj.: (U.S. informal) extremely good; excellent

Bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter

Beer o’clock / Wine o’clock , n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer / wine

blockchain, n.: a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly

brain fart, n.: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly

buttdial, v.: (U.S. informal) inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket

fast-casual, adj.: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant offering dishes that are prepared to order and more expensive than those available in a typical fast-food restaurant

fat-shame, v.: cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size

Grexit, n.: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)

hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger

MacGyver, v.: (U.S. informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand

manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats

micdrop

Mic-drop!

mic drop, n.: (informal, chiefly U.S.) an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive

Mx, n.: a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female

Rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game

skippable, adj.: (of a part or feature of something) able to be omitted or passed over so as to get to the next part or feature