Some Surprising Words Have Been Added To The Oxford English Dictionaries

'Bants', 'Fat Shame' and 'Hangry' Added To Oxford English Dictionary


by Lauren Smith |
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The Oxford English Dictionary has revealed the list of words it has decided to add to this year - and it reveals a pretty interesting insight into how we use language.

The website tends to focus on adding modern, technology and internet-related and slang words that have gained a lot of recent usage, leading to a list that's more unusual than what you'll find in the traditional Oxford English Dictionary.

So apparently in 2015 we're fed up with 'manspreading', have been having regular 'bants' with our mates at the 'Cat Cafe', and think some things are 'NBD'.

Since science declared that being 'hangry'was a thing, it's no surprise that that word made it into the dictionary. But we're intrigued that 'Awesomesauce' and 'Brain fart' made it in this time around.

Over 1,000 words have been added online, but you can see a small selection of some of the more intriguing and unusual words below:

**Awesomesauce, adj.: (US informal) extremely good; excellent **

**Bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter **

**Beer o’clock, n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer **

Brain fart, n.: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly

** Cakeage, n.: (informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves **

**Cat Cafe, n.: a cafe or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises **

**Cupcakery, n.: a bakery that specialises in cupcakes **

**Fatberg, n.: a very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets **

**Fat-shame, v.: cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size **

**Fur baby, n.: a person’s dog, cat, or other furry pet animal **

**Hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger **

**Manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats **

Mic drop, n: an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive

**Mkay, excl.: (informal, chiefly US) non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation) **

**Pocket dial, v.: inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone **

**Rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game **

**Rando, n.: (informal) a person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour **

**Redditor, n.: a registered user of the website Reddit **

Snackable, adj.: (of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily

Wine o’clock, n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine

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