Dictionaries: Spoiler-Alert, Binge-Watching, Microagression, and Kush are Some of the Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary in Latest Update
Whether it’s watching a box-set or online streaming service, binge-watching TV shows has become a popular pastime. The term is used to describe watching multiple episodes of a TV show consecutively or in rapid succession. If your favorite program is one with a twist, then you might appreciate a spoiler alert. Commonplace in online discussions about films and TV programs, the term warns readers that an important part of the story is about to be divulged.
Most often used in the workplace, the term impostor syndrome is defined as the ‘persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s own efforts or skills’. The OED’s first example, from Vogue magazine, dates back to 1982.
Following the pending legalization of marijuana in certain US states and Canada, marijuana terminology including kush, indica, and sativa make their way into the dictionary update.
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Words from Winnie-the-Pooh added to the OED in this update.
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