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THE OXFORD ENGLISH DICTIONARY, the OED, is an authority of English language usage and its history. From time to time, it reflects the expansion of the language, as described in BBC News Online’s ”Moobs and YOLO Among New Words in Oxford English Dictionary, September 12, 2016.
The OED’s complete version is not to be confused with the OED Online website. According to BBC News Online, the full OED contains “almost 830,000 past and present words, senses, and compounds from across the English speaking world.”
YOLO is an acronym for You Only Live Once. What with James Bond being English and all, I’m surprised there’s not also YOLT.
By the way, in researching this, I learned the difference between an acronym and an initialism. It depends on whether the new concoction is pronounceable as a word. OPEC is an acronym. DVD is not; it’s an initialism.
And, according to the OED, moobs are men’s boobs. I’d think these would not be objects of everyday reference, at least in my part of town.
I will find more use for another OED addition, cheeseball: “someone or something lacking taste, style, originality, or the breaded and deep fried cheese appetiser.” Plus, I’d be tempted to add meatball: “someone short and overweight who’s the brunt of adolescent humor, or a seasoned sphere of meat, sauteed and often sauced.”
The OED addition Westminister bubble reflects another sort of Brit insularity (c.f. Brexit): “An insular community of politicians, journalists, and civil servants, who appear to be out of touch with the experiences of the wider British public.” It’s the Brit analog of the U.S. expression, “inside the Beltway,” referring to Interstate 495, the Capital Beltway that encircles Washington, D.C.
Another new OED entry, fuhgeddaboudit, is defined as “A regional colloquialism especially in New York and New Jersey, meaning forget about it and used to indicate a scenario is unlikely or undesirable.”
Like, maybe, a Sopranos rerun?
Celebrating the centenary of author Roald Dahl’s birth, the OED added Oompa Loompa, scrumdiddlyumptious and the witching hour.
Dahl didn’t actually invent this last one, as the witching hour originally referred to the time between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m., when there’s a laxity of sorts in Roman Catholic Canonical Hours. Dating from the ninth century, these are lauds, (dawn), prime, (7 a.m.), terce, (9 a.m.), sext, (noon), none, (3 p.m.), vespers, (sunset), compline (evening) and vigils, (night watch).
Whereas I may have a quibble here and there with the OED, I applaud wholeheartedly its inclusion of “clickbait.” That’s what today’s title is all about. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2016