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Words among new entries into online version of Oxford English Dictionary

Acquihire, noun: An act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies.

Adorbs, adjective: (informal) arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

Air punch, noun: An act of thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph or elation.

Amazeballs, adjective: (informal) extremely good or impressive; amazing.

Anti-vax, adjective: (US informal) opposed to vaccination.

Bank of Mum and Dad, phrase: (British, informal) especially in the context of property purchase) a person’s parents regarded as a source of financial assistance or support.

Bare, adverb: (British, informal) very; really (used as an intensifier).

Bedroom tax, noun: (British) an informal name for a measure introduced in the Welfare Reform Act 2012, by which the amount of housing benefit paid to a claimant is reduced if the property they are renting is judged to have more bedrooms than necessary.



Binge-watch, verb: (informal) watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.

Bro hug, noun: (US informal) another term for a man hug; an embrace between two men.

Clickbait, noun: (informal) (On the Internet) content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

Cord cutting, noun: (informal) The practice of cancelling or forgoing a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favour of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service.

Cotch, verb: (British informal) spend time relaxing; stay or sleep somewhere on a temporary basis.

Cray, adjective (also cray cray): (US informal) crazy; shortened version of cray cray
Deep Web, noun: the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.


Doncha, contraction: (informal) don’t you.

Douchebaggery, noun: (US informal) obnoxious or contemptible behaviour.


Dox, verb: (informal) search for and publish private data about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

E-cig, noun: (informal) another term for electronic cigarette; a cigarette-shaped device containing a nicotine-based liquid that is vaporised and inhaled, used to simulate the experience of smoking tobacco.

False widow, noun: a spider resembling the black widow, some species of which are moderately poisonous to humans.

Fandom, noun: the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.


Fast follower, noun: a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors.

5:2 diet, noun: a diet that involves eating normally for five days out of a seven-day period and greatly restricting the amount of food eaten on the other two days.



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

Geocache, noun: (In the activity or pastime of geocaching) an item, typically a container holding a number of other items, that has been hidden at a location whose coordinates have been posted on the internet.

Hate-watch, verb: (informal) watch (a television programme) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticising it.

Hench, adjective: (British informal) (of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles
Hippotherapy, noun: the use of horse riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength.

Hot mess, noun: (US informal) a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.

Hot mic, noun: (informal) a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private.

Humblebrag, noun and verb: (informal) (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.



Hyperconnected, adjective: characterised by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have internet connectivity.

ICYMI, abbreviation: (informal) in case you missed it.

In silico, adjective and adverb: of scientific experiments or research) conducted or produced by means of computer modelling or computer simulation.

Listicle, noun: an article on the Internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.

Live-tweet, verb: post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place.

Mansplain, verb: (informal) (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronising.

Mud run, noun: an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of various obstacles, many of which are filled or covered with mud.

Neckbeard, noun: (informal) a growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.



Octocopter, noun: an unmanned helicopter having eight rotors.

Olinguito, noun: a small nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal living in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. First described in 2013, it is the smallest member of the raccoon family.

Paleo diet, noun: a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit and excluding dairy or cereal products and processed food.

Pharmacovigilance, noun: the practice of monitoring effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use.

Responsive, adjective: denoting a website whose page design changes automatically according to the size of screen on which it is viewed.



Second screen, noun: a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications.

Sentiment analysis, noun: the process of computationally identifying and categorising opinions expressed in a piece of text, especially in order to determine whether the writer’s attitude towards a particular topic, product, etc. is positive, negative, or neutral.

Side boob, noun: (informal) the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.

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

Smartwatch, noun: a mobile device with a touchscreen display, worn on the wrist.

SMH, abbreviation: (informal) shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, frustration etc.)

Spit take, noun: (informal) (especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising.

Subtweet, noun: (informal) (on Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism.

Tech-savvy, noun: (informal) well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology, especially computers.

Time-poor, adjective: spending much of one’s time working or busy; lack of free time.

Throw shade, phrase: (US informal) publicly criticise or express contempt for someone.

Vape, verb: inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

WDYT, abbreviation: (informal) what do you think?

YOLO, abbreviation: (informal) 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 a rationale for impulsive or reckless

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