Oxford University Press offers an innovative free dictionary and language reference service. Their site, OxfordDictionaries, is updated quarterly with the newest additions to the English language, selected for inclusion based on a variety of different sources. The words must be important and significant, and also be judged to be “long-lasting” in order to make the cut. There is also a word of the day and a short list of words that are trending.
You may have heard of a few of these “new” words, perhaps you want to use them in your own writing, or you might just want to skim through the list to satisfy your curiosity. Whatever the reason, I’m sure you will agree that a few of these words are just down right awesomesauce.
awesomesauce: informal for excellent; extremely good
Like I said earlier, “Whatever the reason, I’m sure you will agree that a few of these words are just down right awesomesauce”
butthurt: (informal) unjustifiably or overly resentful or offended
That butthurt comment about my friend’s haircut was really rude and it should not have been said.
fast-casual: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant that prepares dishes to order that are more expensive than those typically available in a fast-food restaurant
Let’s eat at that fast-casual restaurant tonight; I heard the food is great and we’ll have just enough time to eat before the movie.
glanceable: denoting or relating to information, especially as displayed on an electronic screen, that can be read or understood easily and quickly
The glanceable bank statement showed me that I still had money in my account.
hangry: (informal) irritable or bad-tempered as a result of being hungry
My hangry brother needs to eat before we go to the football game and then he will feel better.
skippable: (of a part or feature of something) able to be omitted or passed over to get to the next part or feature
Most of the previews were skippable and also the commercials. We just wanted to see the movie.
bants (also bantz): (informal) playfully mocking or teasing remarks exchanged with others; banter
The bants went back and forth over who was the better cook until we both agreed that his girlfriend was the better cook.
blockchain: a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or other cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly
The accountant checked the blockchain to make sure that the company accounts were accurate.
brain fart: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
He just had a brain fart, but he will most likely remember the idea soon.
bruh: (informal) a male friend often used as a form of address
Hey, bruh, do you want to go to the basketball game?
cakeage: (informal) a restaurant charge for serving a cake that is not supplied by them
It was well worth paying the cakeage to help celebrate the party.
cat cafe: a café or similar establishment where people pay to play with the cats that live on the premises
My grandmother loves going to the cat cafe. She’ll sit there all afternoon and drink her tea and pet the cats.
cupcakery: a bakery specializing in cupcakes
My little brother loves cupcakes of all kinds so it is no wonder that the cupcakery down the street is his favorite bakery!
deradicalization: the action or process of causing a person with more extreme views to adopt a more moderate position on social or political issues
Her husband’s conservative views played a role in the deradicalization of her more liberal opinions.
fur baby: a person’s furry pet animal
After a busy day at work, I headed home to a hot bath, good food, and my fur baby.
mecha: in anime, manga, etc., a large armored robot, typically controlled by a person inside the robot itself
It was interesting to see the mecha lead the parade although I wondered if the inside of the robot was air-conditioned.
meeple: a small (stylized human form) figure used as a playing piece in certain board games
The board game consisted of the board, two sets of colored cards that stated various directions, dice, and meeples for moving about the board.
mic drop: (informal) deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech that the performer considers to have been particularly impressive
At the conclusion of the voice solo, the singer did a mic drop as the audience gave a standing ovation.
microaggression: a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as an ethnic or racial minority
There was one political candidate who had a microagression embedded in his speech, and although it may have seemed harmless, I am sure it caused some hurt.
social justice warrior: (informal, derogatory) a person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views
As for me, I am voting for ___, the social justice warrior!
weak sauce: (informal) something that is of a disappointing or poor standard or quality
It was weak sauce… the machine broke the first day it was used.
wine o’clock: an appropriate time of the day to start drinking wine
For someone who likes wine, they might say that any time is wine o’clock.
fat-shame: cause someone judged to be fat or overweight to feel humiliated by making critical or mocking comments about their size
The audience was shocked that the comedian fat-shamed the plus-sized actress.
pocket dial: unintentionally calling someone on a mobile phone kept in one’s pocket, as a result of pressure being accidentally applied to a button(s) on the phone
Has anyone ever pocket dialed you and then was surprised when you answered the phone? Or maybe you pocket dialed someone and surprised yourself!
So, if you are as fascinated with words as I am, you might want to try using a few of these. And, just remember, you can always look up more new words that have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com. Write and let me know how it goes. Which word(s) did you try? What was the reaction?
Now that this article is finished, I think I will check out that cupcakery down the street. After all, my little brother isn’t the only one who likes cupcakes!