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Oxford English Dictionary Now Includes Words like YOLO, Moobs, and Splendiferous

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Oxford English Dictionary Now Includes Words like YOLO, Moobs, and Splendiferous
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Most millennials and GenXers know the meaning of ‘YOLO’, and just about anyone could probably put two and two together to figure out the meaning of ‘yogalates.’ But have you ever been baffled by others such as ‘moobs’ or ‘splendiferous’? I have to admit, even I’m baffled with that last one…

Well, baffle no more! Starting today the Oxford English Dictionary will include many of these new found words that until now were resigned only to the hipsters among us.

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In a post today on the dictionary’s blog, Jonathan Dent with the Oxford English Dictionary explains that today’s quarterly update reflects on 100 years since the birth of legendary “author, screenwriter (and sometime fighter pilot)” Roald Dahl. To mark the date the dictionary has added a number of revised and new entries found throughout his work as well as some more recent concoctions.

Among those listed above, the update also includes terms such as ‘gender-fluid’, ‘squee’, and ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’.

Below, feast your eyes on an abbreviated list of the more than 2,200 terms that were added or revised today:

Dahlesque, adj. – Resembling or characteristic of the works of Roald Dahl.

Frightsome, adj. – 1. Causing fright; frightening, frightful. Also in weakened use as an intensifier. 2. Frightened, fearful.

Fuhgeddaboudit, int. – In representations of regional speech (associated especially with New York and New Jersey): ‘forget about it’, used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.

Gender-Fluid, adj. – (in early use) not clearly or wholly male or female; androgynous;  (b) designating a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender; of or relating to a person having or expressing a fluid or unfixed gender identity (now the usual sense).

Golden Ticket, n. – a (gold or golden-coloured) ticket, esp. one that grants the holder a valuable or exclusive prize, experience, opportunity, etc.

Gremlin, n. – 1. In early use: †a lowly or despised person; a menial, a dogsbody, a wretch (obs.). Later: a mischievous sprite imagined as the cause of mishaps to aircraft. More generally: such a creature imagined as the cause of any trouble or mischance. Hence also: an unexplained problem or fault. 2. Surfing slang. A young or inexperienced surfer; (also) a young person, often one considered a nuisance or troublemaker, who frequents a surfing beach but does not surf.

Human Bean, n. – colloq. a humorous alteration or mispronunciation of human being.

Moobs, n. – Unusually prominent breasts on a man (likened to those of a woman), typically as a result of excess pectoral fat; = man boobs n. at man n.1 Compounds 2a. Also occasionally in sing.: a male breast of this type.

Scrumdiddlyumptious, adj. – Extremely scrumptious; excellent, splendid; (esp. of food) delicious.

Scrummy, adj. – Excellent, marvellous; enjoyable, delicious.

Scrumptious, adj. – 1. a) Mean, stingy. b) Very small. c) Particular, fastidious, scrupulous. 2. In early use: stylish, smart. Later: excellent, marvellous; (of food) very enjoyable, delicious; (of a person) very attractive.

Splendiferous, adj. – 1. Full of or abounding in splendour; resplendent. 2. Remarkably fine; magnificent, splendid.

Splendiferousness, n. – The state or quality of being splendiferous.

Squeeint. and n. – 1. Representing a high-pitched squealing or squeaking sound produced by an animal, musical instrument, etc. 2. An exclamation expressing delight or excitement.

Westminster Bubble, n. – the politicians, civil servants, and journalists working in and around the Westminster parliament, characterized as an insular community, out of touch with the experiences and concerns of the wider British public.

Witching Hour, n. – 1. Usually with the. Midnight, with reference to the belief that witches are active and magic takes place at that time. More generally: the time, esp. the dead of night, when bad or sinister things are believed to be most likely to happen. 2. orig. and chiefly U.S. The last hour of trading each month when exchange-traded stock options expire, causing increased trading activity and volatility in the market.

Yogalates, n. – A fitness routine combining Pilates exercises with the postures and breathing techniques of yoga.

YOLO, int. and adj. – a) ‘You only live once’; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour). b) Designating or characterized by such an attitude or view.

Click here to view the full list of new and revised terms.