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    Omnishambles, phablet, selfie among new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online

    How many of these words have you never heard of before today?

    Sources: The Guardian / Quartz*

    * Contains a picture of Miley Cyrus twerking so might be NSFW.

    Last year omnishambles was voted the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary.

    Some of the more vom-worthy (vom: v. & n. informal: (be) sick; vomit) creatures of the digital undergrowth have also made the new edition, including selfie (a photograph taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website); unlike (v. withdraw one's liking or approval of a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked); phablet (smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer); the dreaded "internet of things" (proposed development of the internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data); and the much needed "digital detox" (a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world).

    Appalling fashions and hairstyles include "double denim" (often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette); self-explanatory "chandelier earrings"; flatforms (a flat shoe with a high, thick sole); and fauxhawks (a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect). This could well be caused by Fomo (fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website).

    Blondies and cake-pops could well bring on a "food baby" (a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy); whereas the real thing should be marked by a babymoon (a relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born; a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child).

    This may be getting a bit TLR (too long, didn't read: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post). Apols.
    Here is a partial list of the new words along with the ODO’s definitions:

    • apols, pl. n. (informal): apologies.
    • A/W, abbrev.: autumn/winter (denoting or relating to fashion designed for the autumn and winter seasons of a particular year). (See also S/S)
    • babymoon, n. (informal): a relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born; a period of time following the birth of a baby during which the new parents can focus on establishing a bond with their child.
    • balayage, n.: a technique for highlighting hair in which the dye is painted on in such a way as to create a graduated, natural-looking effect.
    • bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank.
    • blondie, n.: a small square of dense, pale-coloured cake, typically of a butterscotch or vanilla flavour.
    • buzzworthy, adj. (informal): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public, either by media coverage or word of mouth.
    • BYOD, n.: abbreviation of ‘bring your own device’: the practice of allowing the employees of an organization to use their own computers, smartphones, or other devices for work purposes.
    • cakepop, n.: a small round piece of cake coated with icing or chocolate and fixed on the end of a stick so as to resemble a lollipop.
    • chandelier earring, n.: a long, elaborate dangling earring, typically consisting of various tiers of gemstones, crystals, beads, etc.
    • click and collect, n.: a shopping facility whereby a customer can buy or order goods from a store’s website and collect them from a local branch.
    • dappy, adj. (informal): silly, disorganized, or lacking concentration.
    • derp, exclam. & n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action.
    • digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.
    • double denim, n.: a style of dress in which a denim jacket or shirt is worn with a pair of jeans or a denim skirt, often regarded as a breach of fashion etiquette.
    • emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.
    • fauxhawk, n: a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut (in which the sides of the head are shaved).
    • FIL, n.: a person’s father-in-law (see also MIL, BIL, SIL).
    • flatform, n.: a flat shoe with a high, thick sole.
    • FOMO, n.: fear of missing out: anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on a social media website.
    • food baby, n.: a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.
    • geek chic, n.: the dress, appearance, and culture associated with computing and technology enthusiasts, regarded as stylish or fashionable.
    • girl crush, n. (informal): an intense and typically non-sexual liking or admiration felt by one woman or girl for another.
    • grats, pl. n. (informal): congratulations.
    • guac, n.: guacamole.
    • hackerspace, n.: a place in which people with an interest in computing or technology can gather to work on projects while sharing ideas, equipment, and knowledge.
    • Internet of things, n.: a proposed development of the Internet in which everyday objects have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data.
    • jorts, pl. n.: denim shorts.
    • LDR, n.: a long-distance relationship.
    • me time, n. (informal): time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others, seen as an opportunity to reduce stress or restore energy.
    • MOOC, n.: a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people.
    • omnishambles, n. (informal): a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.
    • pear cider, n.: an alcoholic drink made from the fermented juice of pears.
    • phablet, n.: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.
    • pixie cut, n.: a woman’s short hairstyle in which the hair is cropped in layers, typically so as to create a slightly tousled effect.
    • selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.
    • space tourism, n.: the practice of travelling into space for recreational purposes.
    • squee, exclam. & v. & n. (informal): (used to express) great delight or excitement.
    • srsly, adv. (informal): short for ‘seriously’.
    • street food, n.: prepared or cooked food sold by vendors in a street or other public location for immediate consumption.
    • TL;DR, abbrev.: ‘too long didn't read’: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post.
    • twerk, v.: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.
    • unlike, v.: withdraw one’s liking or approval of (a web page or posting on a social media website that one has previously liked).
    • vom, v. & n. (informal): (be) sick; vomit.

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    Link: Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013 | OxfordWords blog

    19 November 2013, Oxford, UK:

    Today Oxford Dictionaries announces selfie as their international Word of the Year 2013. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression that has attracted a great deal of interest during the year to date. Language research conducted by Oxford Dictionaries editors reveals that the frequency of the word selfie in the English language has increased by 17,000% since this time last year...

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    Link: New words list March 2014 | Oxford English Dictionary

    NOTE: Some of the new words listed are potentially offensive to some. One in particular is deemed, by many, to be the most offensive of all.

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    how did THAT word become acceptable all of a sudden??

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    Wow...not even sure as to how that was allowed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeightonJames View Post
    how did THAT word become acceptable all of a sudden??
    Its not about acceptability, dictionaries just list words that are in common usage. Also 'that' word has been in forever, its just the variations that are new.

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    Food baby - seen a few of those

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