Online dictionary updated current definitions of English words, adding thousands of new words on the lists.
Online Oxford dictionary added thousands of new slang words on their list as part of their update. New words including “manspreading”, which means that when a man sits with his legs wide apart on public transport, “bants”, short for banter; and “NBD”, an abbreviation of “no big deal”, Hangry for angry due to hunger and rando for a stranger acting oddly on the list.
Words like “Grexit” and “Brexit”, referring to the potential departure of Greece and the UK, “deradicalisation”, action of causing a person with extreme views to adopt more moderate ones also included in Oxford dictionary. New words, often arise from fresh technology and pop culture. It might include Internet slang that would get laughed out.
In statement of senior editor of Oxford Dictionaries, Fiona McPherson, the addition of multiple slang words did not represent a dumbing down of English “We are bombarded with more and more avenues where those sort of words are used and we just think that there are more of them. I don’t necessarily think that’s the case.””I just think we are more aware of them because of the ways in which we consume and live our lives now.
Oxford Dictionary author Angus Stevenson said, “We do much of this research using a range of corpora, including the Oxford English Corpus, our unique language monitoring programme that represents all types of English, from literary novels and specialist journals to everyday newspapers and magazines, and from Hansard to the language of blogs, emails, and social media. This quarter’s update shows that contemporary culture continues to have an undeniable and fascinating impact on the language.”
“New words, senses and phrases are added to OxfordDictionaries.com when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a wide range of sources to be sure that they have widespread currency in the English language,” Stevenson explained. IMAGE/GETTY