November 26, 2020

Duck Face, Lolcat, And Permadeath: New Words Added To OxfordDictionaries.Com

From the OxfordDictionaries.com Blog:

As usual, popular culture and slang have seen plenty of new additions in the Oxford Dictionaries update, including duck facesimpleschoonfonehandsyxlnt, andCanadian tuxedo.

Want to describe how attractive you think someone is? This update sees the inclusion of the antonyms hawt (an informal respelling of hot). That person may even be your man crush (a ‘typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one man for another’) or someone who is your catnip; the word has long been another name for the catmint, but its effect on cats has led to the figurative sense ‘someone or something that is very attractive or appealing to a particular person or group’.

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The language of food is always a fruitful area for vocabulary, and addition include arancinicavatellicappellaccitrofieparmquesoguancialeizakaya, and food diary.

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The world of technology has, unsurprisingly, provided new vocabulary for this quarter’s update – including camel case, SD card, soft key, digital footprint, keyboard warrior, and a new sense of fire hose (or firehose): no longer simply a hosepipe used to extinguish fires, this word also refers (in computing) to ‘an unfiltered, real-time stream of data produced by a social media website or other online service’.

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While the Oxford Dictionaries and Oxford English Dictionary are both published by the Oxford U. Press they are different publications and have different criteria for words to be added. You can learn about the differences here.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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