For a list of brand new words. Ho Ho Hah.
And, really, what better gift is there than a shiny new word? Okay, who said high value gift card? Was it you? Well, tough, you’re getting words. A whole long, delightful list to decorate your conversation.
These words are among the dozens being added to OxfordDictionaries.com this year. They do this quarterly, add words. In the future, expect to see a lot more words of Australian derivation. The Aussies, apparently, are the new etymologists, having dethroned the traditional Latin. And it’s about time, too. The old words are fine, they get the job done with a minimum of fuss, but the new ones are just plain fun. You could say they’re, get this, the ant’s pants.
Oh, brother. That sounds so stoopid when I say it. I’m way, way too dweeby and I shouldn’t even try. You, on the other hand, are totally cool. You’ll sound like an insider, cutting edge. I want to be like you, I’m tired of being a mahoosive loser. There, did that sound okay? Did I do it right? Yay, I’m air punching al desko, man.
I’ll shut up.
A Handpicked Selection of New Words for 2014:
adorbs — cute or adorable
wtaf — ‘what the actual f***’ posed as a questioning exclamation
al desko — an act, typically eating, done at your desk (sort of like al fresco)
mahoosive — very, very large
duckface — the pouting, lip-thrusting face made by people posing for pictures
shiny bum — an office worker
ant’s pants — outstandingly good person or thing
idc — ‘I don’t care’
hate-watch — watch a show in order to mock it or criticize
vape — the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette (Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2014)
digital footprint — how popular a person is online
air punch — shoving a clenched fist in the air, usually in triumph
Deep Web — the part of the Internet not discoverable by regular search engines
hot mess — someone who’s spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered (right, me)
yolo — you only live once. Translation: go for it.
No. Peeps? wtaf? I didn’t say th — crap, where’s the flipping delete button?
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