(Country Living) 300 words have just been added to the English Dictionary
Including Cat Lady, meet-cute, and haterade
By Katie Jones 23 FEBRUARY 2017
Unlike the printed version, the website OxfordDictionaries.com provides a record of all the words in our daily lexicon, including slang words and hashtags. This week, the site has been updated with 300 new words as part of an effort to keep up with language trends, which means terms like ‘#SquadGoals’ and ‘fitspiration’ are now official entries.
While it’s clear that social media has had a strong influence on our language, several of the new additions are food related. ‘Superfruit’ has finally made the cut along with ‘drunken noodles’, a spicy stir fry, ‘ras-el-hanout‘, a spice mix used in North African cooking and ‘shoestring fries,’ used to describe very thinly-cut chips.
As well as a few amusing slang words, there has also been a focus on the environment. ‘Climate denier,’ a person who rejects the idea that climate change caused by human activity is occurring, has been included. ‘Negawatts,’ a unit of energy saved as a result of conservation measures and ‘freecycle,‘ the term used to give away something, have also been added.
Here are some of the other new words to know, along with their definitions.
frita noun: (in Cuban cuisine) a sandwich consisting of a fried cake of seasoned pork and beef that is topped with very thinly cut chips and served in a roll.
fitspiration noun: A person or thing that serves as motivation for someone to sustain or improve health and fitness.
haterade noun: excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment.
femslash noun: A genre of fiction, chiefly published online, in which female characters who appear together in film, television, or other popular media are portrayed as having a sexual relationship.
smishing noun: The fraudulent practice of sending text messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers.
clicktivism noun: Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, for example signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on social media.
meet-cute noun: (in a film or television programme) an amusing or charming first encounter between two characters that leads to the development of a romantic relationship between them.
otherkin adjective: Denoting or relating to people who identify as non-human.
skitch verb: Hold on to the back of a moving motor vehicle so as to be pulled along while riding a skateboard, bicycle, etc.
gorefest noun: A film, book, or video game involving a great deal of violence or bloodshed.
cat lady noun: An older woman who lives alone with a large number of cats, to which she is thought to be obsessively devoted.