By Sam Nyang’u
The Oxford dictionary has added dozens of new words to its third edition. More than 70 editors have been working on the new version of the most reputable modern English word-reference document since 2000, after the historical 1989 release. Some of the new words that have raised controversy include YOLO, Slacktivism, moobs and ‘Merica. Most of these words were adopted from slangs and reflect on the current trends.
Here is the list of the interesting words that have been introduced by Oxford.
- clickbait – online content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page
- fuhgeddaboudit – used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable
- human bean – a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being
- ‘Merica – used to emphasise qualities that are stereotypically American
- moobs – unusually prominent breasts on a man
- skronk – used to describe dissonant or discordant sounds made by musical instruments
- slacktivism – actions performed via the internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement
- squee – an exclamation expressing delight or excitement
- YOLO – “you only live once”, used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future
- Westminster bubble – the politicians, civil servants and journalists working in and around the Westminster parliament, characterised as an insular community