Oxford Dictionary is adorbs and cray for new words, after all, YOLO!

By Daniel S Levine,

ICYMI, the people behind the Oxford Dictionary, have showed off how tech-savvy they are by adding a cluster of new words to the online edition of the dictionary. After all, YOLO.

In a blog post, Oxford Dictionary noted that today’s tech-obsessed society shaped most of the new words added. Some of them aren’t even real words - just shorthand abbreviations. YOLO (“you only live once”) and ICYMI (“in case you missed it”) are now considered words. There’s also FML (“f**k my life”), SMH (“shaking my head”) and WDYT (“what do you think”).

Netflix even had an impact on the new words. Binge-watch (when you watch way too many episodes of a single show at once) and hate-watch (when you watch something you hate on purpose) are both in the dictionary now.

We don’t want to humblebrag, but that’s in the dictionary too. So is hench (from “henchman”). There’s also a new meaning for the word “brick” - there is now a verb. “To brick a phone” means to make the phone useless by downloading a virus.

Other new words in the dictionary include "cray," “bedroom tax,” “douchebaggery,” “live-tweet,” “catfish,” “hot mess,” “subtweet” and “hyperconnected.” There’s also “adorbs” (because typing out “adorable” is too hard) and “amazeballs.”

“One of the advantages of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to explore how English language evolves differently across the world,” Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Connor Martin told SkyNews.

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