Twerking, Jeggings & Meh Are Some Of Oxford Dictionary's New Words

Victoria Kezra
Oxford Dictionary has decided to do its quarterly update. Here are the 10 best and worst new words.

Oxford Dictionary has the Herculean task of monitoring our collective English lexicon, gathering up what it believes are the most important new words and then putting them in the dictionary. 

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Every year we come up with more and more words to fill in the gaps where there weren't words before. Some of these words are great. Some of them are terrible and the people who use them should be shunned. Here are the best and worst of the new additions to the Oxford English Dictionary. You can check out the entire list here.


Words that really fulfill a need or should have already been official words: 

Cisgendered, adj: Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex.

Fo’shizzle: (US informal) For sure, definitely. It's gonna be a great game fo' shizzle!

Fo'shizzle is pretty useless, but it's been around for so long that it's stood the test of time and deserves an entry.

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Handsy, adj: Tending to touch other people, typically in a way that is inappropriate or unwanted: "another participant is getting a bit handsy"

Hot Mess, n: A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered, especially one that is a source of peculiar fascination.

Side-eye, n.: (informal , chiefly US): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.

Meh, (interjection): Used to express indifference or a lack of enthusiasm, was probably popularized by the cartoon series The Simpsons.

There's no better way to express your non-committal apathy than "meh."

Tenderpreneur, n: (South Africa) a person who uses his or her political connections to secure government contracts and tenders for personal advantage. 

Twerk, v : Dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.

Fun fact: According to the Oxford English Dictionary, twerk first came into use in 1820, meaning “a twisting or jerking movement” and was originally spelled twirk.

Uncanny valley, n: Used in reference to the phenomenon whereby a computer-generated figure or humanoid robot bearing a near-identical resemblance to a human being arouses a sense of unease or revulsion in the person viewing it.

Vaping, adj: To Inhale and exhale vapor produced by an electronic cigarette. Also see: vaper 

This makes sense since there's no smoke involved in an e-cigarette.


Cray, adj: (also see cray cray): (US informal) crazy.

Crazy is only two syllables long. Let's not get lazy. 

Fap (also added fap fap fap), v: (of a man) masturbate.

FML, abbrev.: (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation.

Eliminationist n, adj: Denoting or relating to the belief that a particular group of people should be expelled or eradicated.

We already have great words for terrible people that want to do this. 

Go-juice, n: Stimulating drink with copious amounts of caffeine.

Hyperlocal, adj,: Extremely or excessively local.

So like local only....more.

Internaut, n: A user of the Internet, especially a skilled one.

This sounds so dorky no internet denizen would identify as one.

Jeggings, n: (trademark in the UK): Tight fitting stretch pants for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.

Jeggings are a blight on the earth and shouldn't be legitimized this way.

Mangia-cake, n: (Canadian informal) , often derogatory (Among Canadians of Italian descent) a person who is not Italian

Twitterati, n: Avid or frequent users of the social media website Twitter.

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