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Manspreading & butt-dial: Oxford dictionary's new words are awesomesauce

Shobhna Iyer | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:58 IST

Remember when selfie was added to the Oxford dictionary? Ugh that was so 2013. Now we've got the selfie stick, natch.

It's true, old-school curmudgeons; whether you like it or not, the English language is evolving everyday and at the forefront of the cultural revolution, more often than not, are teenagers.

Oxford University Press just released its latest batch of new words to be added to oxforddictionaries.com, nbd (that's no big deal - the catch being that when someone says it, they actually want you to make a big deal about it. Got it? Good.), and a lot of the words will be familiar to any user of Snapchat, Tumblr or Vine.

In case you're not one of them, here's a handy list of some of the best ones.

By the way, new words and phrases are added once Oxford editors have gathered enough independent evidence that these terms have widespread currency in English, but they're only added to the paper-and-glue version once they can prove continued historical use.

For the sake of everyone, I really hope 'selfie stick' doesn't find its way into the Oxford English Dictionary for good. The horror.

Kids say the darndest things - bae, bruh, mkay

Bae: Oxford says: "A person's boyfriend or girlfriend (often as a form of address)".

We say: the new word for 'boo' for all. those. damn. Selfies.

Where'd the word come from? Urban Dictionary says it can mean anything from a shorter form for 'baby' (who even has the time for two syllables, know what I mean?), or - and god I hope this is true - 'before anyone else'. Which means we're writing it wrong. It should be "I love you, BAE". Not creepy at all.

There's also this incredible Esquire article that goes down the wormhole.

Bruh: Oxford says: "A male friend (often used as a form of address)".

We say: Don't need no more frat boy words, bruh. [Double negatives aside, Bro and Bruh are headache-inducing. HBO's Silicon Valley tore it to shreds last season.]

Mkay: Oxford says: "Non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation)".

We say: Mkayyyyyyyyy?

Nuff said: Oxford says, "No more need be said; the consequence or conclusion is obvious (abbreviated N.C., N.S.)".

We say: (C'mon you saw this coming) Nuff said.

Awesomesauce: Self-explanatory.

Take heed, overuse may be injurious to health and love life:

Let's get socio-political - Grexit, manspreading, SJW

Grexit: "A term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)."

See also: Brexit

See also: Newspapers need more creative headlines, edition 2015.

Manspreading: "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."

Aka: Privilege. Come at me, MRAs [a word thankfully not yet in the dictionary, but that stands for Men's right activist, or someone who think feminism means women are going to castrate men or something equally dramatic.]

SJW: Social Justice Warrior, or "A person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views."

There's a thin line between giving a s*** and finding issues to 'care' about loudly on social media. Tread carefully, friends.

Mx: "A title used before a person's surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female."

Important, needs to happen, thank you Oxford. #TransLivesMatter

For all the foodies out there - beer o' clock, cupcakery, hangry

Beer o' clock: "An appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer."

Also known as right this minute.

Cupcakery: "A bakery that specializes in cupcakes."

This is an economic reality - bakeries that specialise in cupcakes. #FirstWorldInventions

Hangry: "Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger."

Most of us a lot of the time; now we have a word for it.

The incredibly useful: butt-dial, rage-quit, snackable

Butt-dial: "Inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one's rear trouser pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button or buttons on the phone."

We've all been there. Thankfully not like in TV shows, when butt-dials only happen during clandestine moments.

Rage-quit: "Angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game."

We've also all been here, unless you're the Dalai Lama.

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

What I hope this article was for you.

Boom. Mic Drop ["Used to emphasize that a discussion is at an end after a definitive or particularly impressive point has been made."]

First published: 29 August 2015, 5:54 IST
Shobhna Iyer @shoiyer

After studying to be an archaeologist at JNU, Shobhna worked in travel publishing before joining Catch as a sub-editor. When not arguing over en and em dashes, you'll find her raving about her new favourite album, drinking copious amounts of coffee or ganna ras and struggling to come up with witty tweets.