10 Words You Won’t Believe Have Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

10 Words You Won't Believe Have Made It Into The Oxford Dictionary

Back in 1884, when the very first edition started publication, it took around 50 years for them to finish the first run of the Oxford English Dictionary. Nowadays, 1,200 words are added every quarter to the online version, and it is now bursting at the seams with over 600,000 words.

Here are 10 words that made us ‘Squee’ (‘an exclamation expressing delight or excitement’)!

1. D’oh!

Used to express dismay when one has said or done something stupid or when something has gone wrong.

In 2001, Homer Simpson’s “D’oh!’ became an official word in the Oxford English Dictionary. The power of popular TV!

D’oh! Forgot to get the milk!

2. YOLO:

You only live once (contrary to Bond fans expectations).

You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as an excuse for impulsive behavior)

Added new for 2016.

Go on, have a go. YOLO.


3. Golden Ticket:

Gold or golden-colored ticket that gives someone a valuable or exclusive prize, experience, opportunity; mostly used figuratively to say someone has just been given an amazing opportunity, which will set them up for life. 

September 2016 marked the centenary of the birth of author, Roald Dahl, and to mark this occasion and the publication of Oxford’s Roald Dahl Dictionary, September’s quarterly update to the OED included a range of revised and newly drafted entries connected to Dahl and his writing. Check out more of his OED entries, full of gloriumptiously jumpsquiffling and wondercrump words.

This is your golden ticket out of here!

4. Fuhgeddaboudit:

‘Forget about it’, used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.

5. Selfie:

A photographic self-portrait; esp. one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.

Of course. How could it not be? Along with a groupie.


6. Bants (also bantz):

Playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter.

It’s all fine. It’s just bants.

7. Hangry:

Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger. 

You’re so hangry. Let’s stop and eat.

8. Mini-Me:

A person closely resembling a smaller or younger version of another.

Wow. He’s like your mini-me!

9. Chillax:

Calm down and relax.

Just chillax. We have loads of time.


10. Threequel:

The third book, film, event, etc. in a series. Comes after a sequel!

You haven’t read the threequel yet? It’s my favorite. 

Massive shout out to the Oxford English Dictionary team for the amazing job they do.

So for the ‘screenagers’ out there (a person in their teens or twenties with an aptitude for computers and the internet), an online subscription at Cudoo is the perfect gift to achieve ‘hygge’ (a quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (from the Danish culture.)

Sue Brett

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