8 of the Craziest New Words that Made it on the Oxford Dictionary in 2015
Dec 5, 2015   •   Abu Poblete
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Dec 5, 2015   •   Abu Poblete
What’s awesomesauce about language is that it always evolves. There’s never a meh moment in the world of language. And the Oxford Dictionaries is one of the uber-cool bruhs that contribute to its evolution. Oxford makes use of the Oxford English Corpus (a wide source of documents from the Internet) and the Oxford Reading Programme (an electronic collection of of sentences or extracts from songs, pop fiction, scientific journals, among others) to keep up with today’s mainstream and lamestream dialect. 2015 is one of the years when rly, rly bizarre words are officially legit to use in that paper you’re still procrastinating.
Turn off your brain farts and become a language expert with these 8 new words from the Oxford Dictionaries.
/’selfē stik/, n.
Definition: A device in the form of a rod on which a camera or smartphone may be mounted, enabling the person holding it to take a photograph of themselves from a wider angle than if holding the camera or smartphone in their hand.
Origin: Early 21st century: from selfie.
Usage: Almar used the selfie stick Bandolph gave her to take photos of herself in her Boracay trip.
Adjective: hangrier, hangriest
Usage: Rudy was probably just hangry when he cursed the Archbishop.
Second (and sexier) definition: To send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone: older teens are more likely to engage in sexting than their younger counterparts. Maybe my married friends sext their partners.
The other and first definition of sext is the service forming part of the Divine Office of the Western Christian Church, traditionally said (or chanted) at the sixth hour of the day (i.e., noon).
Usage: Sexting won’t help you get over him.
/twəːk/, v. and n.
Definition: Twerk is the dance and the act of dancing involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
Usage: Please stop twerking like Miley.
/mʌɪk drɒp/, n.
Definition: An instance of deliberately dropping or tossingaside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive. It may also be used to emphasize that a discussion is at an end after a definitive or particularly impressive point has been made.
Usage: He did a mic drop after performing and had to pay for breaking it.
/bɪtʃ feɪs/, n.
Usage: Anak, stop looking at everyone with your bitch face, you’re scaring your little cousins!
Definition: Used as a euphemism for ‘shit’ in various senses and phrases
Usage: “Please give the client the social media schedule for this week,” “For shizzle, boss.”
Definition: (Of a man) masturbate.
Origin: imitative (1990)
Usage: Fapping is an adolescent’s way to self-discovery.
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