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03 September 2010 @ 09:23 am
New Words in the Oxford Dictionary of English  
I should probably post this in my book blog. Hmmm. Might cross-post later.

Anyway, last month the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of English was printed, and naturally the book was updated to include new words. Some of the entries include:

chill pill - a notional pill taken to make someone calm down
chillax - calm down and relax
turducken - a roast dish consisting of a chicken inside a duck inside a turkey
bargainous - costing less than is usual or than might be expected; cheap or relatively cheap

this is so not a word...that's just lazy grammar.
staycation - holiday spent in one's home country
fussbudget - a fussy person

how was 'fussbudget' not already in the dictionary?
vuvuzela - long horn blown by fans at soccer matches
national treasure - someone/thing regarded as emblematic of a nation's cultural heritage
buzzkill - a person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect social media websites and applications used for social networking

This isn't exclusive to social media...
microblogging - the posting of very short entries on a blog
netbook - small light laptop
dictionary attack - an attempt to gain illicit access to a computer system by using a very large set of words to generate potential passwords
paywall - an arrangement whereby access is restricted to users who have paid to subscribe to a website
freemium - a business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for
automagically - automatically and in a way that seems ingenious, inexplicable, or magical
ALSO, NOT A WORD!!!  Seriously.  Do we have to put all the stupid mashups people make from the English dictionary into the ODE?
carbon capture and storage - the process of trapping and storing carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels
geoengineering - manipulation of environmental processeses in an attempt to counteract the effects of global warming
toxic debt - debt which has a high risk of default
deleveraging - the process or practice of reducing the level of one's debt by rapidly selling one's assets
overleveraged - having taken on too much debt
quantitative easing - the introduction of new money into the money supply by a central bank
exit strategy - a pre-planned means of extricating oneself from a situation
overthink - think about (something) too much or for too long
catastrophizing - view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is
soft skills - personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people

matchy-matchy - excessively colour-coordinated
LBD - little black dress
frenemy - a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry
cheeseball - lacking taste, style, or originality

cool hunter - a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends
No matter how many times I kick and scream, it's not going to make a difference, is it?  Doesn't matter.  NOT A WORD!!!
hikikomori - the abnormal avoidance of social contact, typically by adolescent males (in Japan)
steampunk - a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advance technology
tweetup - a meeting organized by means of posts on Twitter
Dude, anything that invokes Twitter can't be in the dictionary just on principle!!!
bromance - a close but non-sexual relationship between two men
wardrobe malfunction - an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as a result of an article of clothing slipping out of position
defriend - another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site)
Interweb - the Internet
hater - negative person


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jeanniejeannietran on September 4th, 2010 06:13 pm (UTC)
this made me sad.
deathjoydeathjoy on September 4th, 2010 06:46 pm (UTC)
Well wtf, the OED? The gold standard?? This is depressing.
miss kagentscuiy on September 8th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
I had a fit when I saw the articles about it a few weeks ago. Most of that is stupid slang... some of it so outdated I can't imagine anyone actually using it anymore (fussbudget being one of them.. that sounds like something my grandma would say). What bugs me the most is the stupid buzzword-y stuff that girlie magazines throw around to sound hip.. like "LBD" (not a word.. abbreviation!) "staycation", or "frenemy". Those are staples in Cosmo magazine circa 2008 (along with "recessionista"!). I know language evolves, but in this case it seems like language is devolving, because if people actually talked this way, they'd all sound like a bunch of jackasses. Or maybe I just need to "chillax".