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'Merica and YOLO among words added to Oxford English Dictionary

'Merica and YOLO among words added to Oxford English Dictionary

Words including Westminster bubble, foodie, cheeseball, Bocconcini and fuhgeddaboudit are also now to be included.

"Moobs" refer to a man's pecs when they've becoming a bit flabby.

The term, first recorded in 1987, is used to describe people who do not always identity as either male or female.

Top on the list of new words: "aiyah" and "aiyoh", which are often used to express impatience or dismay, and "ah beng", a stereotype applied to Chinese men.

Contributions from Dahl come in the form of words Oompa Loompa, scrumdidlyumptious, witching hour, human bean and golden ticket.

And elsewhere, after all this time, Yoda finally enters the Oxford Dictionary.

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The acronym YOLO (1996) is traced back to its axiomatic "you only live once" - first used in a nineteenth-century English translation of Le Cousin Pons, a French book by Honore de Balzac.

"The word clickbait also made it into the authoritative compendium of the English language, defined as "[internet] content whose main goal is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page".

Char Kway Teow, a popular flat white noodle rendang dish from Indonesia has also been added.

OED Senior Assistant Editor Jonathan Dent said special consideration was given to the late-author's unique words and phrases in an attempt to "mark the occasion" of centenary of the birth of the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory creator.

Spanakopita A filo pie stuffed with spinach and cheese of Greek origin.

The OED is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of more than 829,000 words, senses, and compounds - past and present - from across the English-speaking world.


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