ACET: New Words added to Oxford English Dictionary

English is an ever-growing language, with new words added every year. Over the recent years we have seen blog, crowdfunding, twerk and Brexit added to the dictionary.

Who invents these words and makes them catch on?

A selection of new words has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Some of the slang words have been around for a long time.

The words ‘sumfin’, ‘summink’ and ‘sumthin’ have been added as variations for the word ‘something’.‘Whatevs’ also appears in the dictionary and is defined as ‘used in response to a question or statement to indicate that the speaker is indifferent to the matter’.

An interesting addition is the word ‘omnishambles‘, which was first used in the TV programme ‘The Thick of It’ and can be used to describe the recent chaotic state of British politics. Star Wars fans would be happy to see the addition of the word ‘Padawan’ (an apprentice Jedi). A very modern problem of anxiety when you are not able to check or find your mobile phone or have no phone service – Nomophobia. ‘Simples’ has also made it to the OED. It can be used at the end of a sentence to show that something is easy to do, or a problem is easy to solve. It was quite recently used by the former UK Prime Minister Theresa May in the House of Commons.

Take a look at some of the other new entries in 2019 :

amber Alert, n.2: An announcement that alerts the public to a missing person (esp. an abducted child), disseminated via media broadcasts, electronic roadway signs…

angel-faced, adj.: Having a face like that of an angel; having a beautiful, sweet, or innocent face.

begrudgery, n.: Envy or resentment of another’s success, happiness, wealth, etc.; reluctance to give praise or show admiration.

chillax, v.: intransitive. To calm down and relax; to take it easy, to chill

chomper, n.: A person who, or an animal or thing which, bites, chews, crushes, or eats something, esp. vigorously or greedily.

easy-breezy, adj.: Esp. of clothing, style, etc.: informal, casual; relaxed, carefree.

simi-dimi, n.: Elaborate or meaningless ritual; superstition; mumbo-jumbo. Also: fuss, rigmarole.

fake news: news that conveys or incorporates false, fabricated, or deliberately misleading information, or that is characterized as or accused of doing so.

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