The Oxford English Dictionary, is over 150 years old, and is regarded as the most widely accepted authority on the English language. It contains 600,000 words along with their meaning and pronunciation. The OED is an unsurpassed source of not only current usage of English words, but also their history, referenced in classical literature and other sources.
Four times a year, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words that have acquired the right to become officially recognized. According to Time Magazine the dictionary recently added about 900 new words and phrases.
Some of the familiar words that have long been popular and are now in the dictionary include bathroom break, bestie, bookaholic, crap shoot, dead white male, do-over, scissor kick, and wackadoodle.
Other familiar words include:
- Cyberespionage, the use of computer networks to gather intelligence.
- Death stare, a hostile or contemptuous look directed at a particular person.
- Food coma, the feeling of lethargy caused by the eating of a large amount of food, as at Thanksgiving.
- Toilet paper (as a verb), the act of wrapping a tree in toilet paper as a prank.
But there are some new words that may be unfamiliar to many, these include:
- Blu-tac, a putty-like adhesive that is used to hang posters and sheets of paper. It can also be used as a verb for hanging things with the product.
- Beatboxer, a performer who used vocal sounds to imitate the sounds made in hip hop music.
- Diotic, a medical term meaning something that pertains to both ears.
- Heronite, an aphanitic dark-colored rock that occurs in a dike made up of analcite, orthoclase, plagioclase, and ægirite.
- Hondle, either to bargain or to calm a superior who is not happy with a solution to a particular problem.
- Vato, a man who means business.