How Many of these Words do You Know?

One of the beauties of language is that it is constantly evolving, reflecting changes in our lives and cultures. Another 650 new words were added to the Oxford English Dictionary OED), in March 2019.  There are now over 171 476 words in current use, and 47 158 obsolete words. Here are just 20 of the latest words:

  1. bampot, n.: “A foolish, annoying, or obnoxious person; (also spec.) a belligerent or disruptive person. Often as a contemptuous form of address. Cf. bam n.2…”
  2. barb, n.4: “A barbiturate; a barbiturate tablet. Usually in plural.”
  3. bidie-in, n.: “A person who lives with his or her partner in a non-marital relationship; a cohabiting partner.”
  4. bigsie, adj.: “Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited.”
  5. cannabusiness, n.: “The branch of commercial activity concerned with the production and sale of cannabis or cannabis-related products”.
  6. chuddies, n.: “Short trousers, shorts. Now usually: underwear; underpants.”
  7. dof, adj.: “Stupid, dim-witted; uninformed, clueless.”
  8. e-bike, n.: “An electric bike; = electric bicycle n. at electric adj. n.special uses 1b.”
  9. eeksie-peeksie, adj.: “Evenly balanced; equal.”
  10. fantysheeny, adj.: “Showy, fancy, or ostentatious.”
  11. favourite, v.: “transitive. To store a link to (a web page) in a web browser so as to enable quick access in future; to bookmark”.
  12. geggie, n.2: “A person’s mouth. Frequently in shut your geggie: ‘be quiet’, ‘shut up’.”
  13. MacGyver, v.: “transitive. To construct, fix, or modify (something) in an improvised or inventive way, typically by making use of whatever items are at hand; to…”
  14. peoplekind, n.: “The human race; humankind.”
  15. presser, n.2: “A press conference.”
  16. puggle, n.2: “A dog cross-bred from a pug and a beagle; such dogs considered collectively as a breed.”
  17. sit-on, n. and adj.: “Something intended or designed to be sat on; a kayak, lawnmower, etc., on which the operator sits. Cf. ride-on n.”
  18. sproglet, n.: “A baby or small child. Cf. sprog n. 2.”
  19. title sponsor, n.: “The principal sponsor of a sporting event, which typically has its name included as part of the title of the event.”
  20. yebo, adv. and n.: “Used to express affirmation, assent, or agreement: ‘yes’. Also occasionally as n.: an utterance of ‘yebo’.

See the full list of the latest words added to the OED, Here

Catherine Editor

 

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