A listicle of new words

 Oxford Dictionaries August updateOxford dictionaries have published this ‘listicle’ of words & phrases that have made it into current language use.  Check out Oxford Dicxtionaries in our onlines resources!

acquihire, n.: buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff…

adorbs, adj.: (informal) arousing great delight; cute or adorable

air punch, n.: thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph…

amazeballs, adj.: (informal) very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive

Bank of Mum and Dad, phr.: (Brit. informal) a person’s parents regarded as source of financial assistance

bare, adv.: (Brit. informal) very; really (used as an intensifier)

bedroom tax, n.: (in the UK) informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012…

binge-watch, v.: (informal) watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession…

bro hug, n.: (US informal) friendly embrace between two men

clickbait, n.: (informal) (on the Internet) content…whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page

cord cutting, n.: (informal) practice of cancelling a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service

cotch, v.: (Brit. informal) spend time relaxing; stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis

cray, adj. (also cray cray): (US informal) crazy

Deep Web, n.: the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.

doncha, contraction: (informal) don’t you

douchebaggery, n.: (N. Amer. informal) obnoxious or contemptible behaviour

dox, v.: (informal) search for and publish private data about (an individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent

e-cig, n.: (informal) another term for electronic cigarette

false widow, n.: a spider resembling the black widow, some species of which are moderately poisonous to humans

fandom, n.: the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture

fast follower, n.: a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors

5:2 diet, n.: a diet that involves eating normally for five days out of a seven-day period and greatly restricting the amount of food eaten on the other two days

FML, abbrev.: (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation)

geocache, n.: an item…that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the Internet…

hate-watch, v.: (informal) watch (a television programme) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it

hench, adj.: (Brit. informal) (of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles

hippotherapy, n.: horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment…

hot mess, n.: (US informal) a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered

hot mic, n.: (informal) a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private

humblebrag, n. & v.: (informal) (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud

hyperconnected, adj.: characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity

ICYMI, abbrev.: (informal) in case you missed it

in silico, adj. & adv.: (of scientific experiments) conducted or produced by means of computer modelling or simulation

listicle, n.: an Internet article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list

live-tweet, v.: post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place

mansplain, v.: (informal) (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing

mud run, n.: an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of obstacles filled or covered with mud

neckbeard, n.: (informal) growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming…

octocopter, n.: an unmanned helicopter having eight rotors

olinguito, n.: a small nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal living in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador…

Paleo diet, n: a diet based on the type of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans…

pharmacovigilance, n.: the practice of monitoring effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use

responsive, adj.: denoting a website whose page design changes automatically according to the size of screen on which it is viewed

second screen, n.: a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications

sentiment analysis, n.: the process of computationally identifying and categorizing opinions expressed in a piece of text

side boob, n.: (informal) the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing

side-eye, n.: (informal , chiefly US): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt

smartwatch, n.: a mobile device with a touchscreen display, worn on the wrist

SMH, abbrev.: (informal) shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, etc.)…

spit take, n.: (informal) (especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising

subtweet, n.: (informal) (on Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism

tech-savvy, n.: (informal) well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology

time-poor, adj.: spending much of one’s time working or occupied…

throw shade, phr.: (US informal) publicly criticize or express contempt for someone

vape, v.: inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

WDYT, abbrev.: (informal) what do you think?

YOLO, abbrev.: (informal) you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment)…

 
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