30 words you won't believe were actually added to the dictionary

Kent Blechynden – Pool/Getty Images‘Selfie’ is a real word now.
  • The Oxford English Dictionary is constantly adding new words and some new additions may come as a surprise.
  • Fans of “The Sopranos” will be happy to see “Fuhgeddaboudit” in the dictionary.
  • Words like “vom” and “bridey” may raise some eyebrows.
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The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words on a regular basis to reflect new cultural phenomena.

Some of these words may have seemed silly at first but slowly worked their way into everyday conversation. Some of them are just silly, period.

Here are 30 surprising words that somehow made it into the dictionary.


Jerritt Clark/Getty ImagesSalt bae works his magic.

Definition: A boyfriend or girlfriend; a romantic or sexual partner. Originally and chiefly as a term of endearment or affectionate form of address.


Thibault Camus/APA wedding dress.

Definition: Like a bride; resembling that of a bride.

“Dumpster fire”

Ahmed Jadallah/ReutersA dumpster burning during a protest.

Definition: A fire in a dumpster.


Definition: An irritating, despicable, or contemptible person. Chiefly as a term of abuse.


Definition: Originally and often in online contexts: a person new to or inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or video games.


Harold Cunningham/Getty ImagesCocktail parties can be schmoozefests.

Definition: An event, meeting, etc, involving a great deal of schmoozing, especially one at which people chat in an ingratiating or insincere way.

“Spit take”

FOXJoseph Gordon-Levitt does a spit take in ‘500 Days of Summer.’

Definition: An act of suddenly spitting out the liquid one is drinking as a reaction to something surprising or funny, especially as a technique in comedic acting.


Definition: The notional environment in which people use the social networking service Twitter; such people considered collectively.

“Bro hug”

Definition: a friendly embrace between two men.


Wikimedia CommonsBecause YOLO.

Definition: “You only live once;” used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour).


Definition: arousing great delight; cute or adorable.


Peter Macdiarmid / GettyTaking a selfie with Queen Elizabeth.

Definition: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.


HBOThe Sopranos.

Definition: forget about it (used to indicate that a scenario is unlikely or undesirable).


Definition: expressing great pleasure or excitement.


Flickr/Jade JacksonIn other words, vomit.

Definition: vomit.


Definition: the supposed ability of homosexuals to recognise one another by means of very slight indications.


Definition: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.


Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesDesigner Betsey Johnson is a glam-ma.

Definition: a glamorous grandmother, especially one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious.


ShutterstockGetting a ticket is the worstest.

Definition: worst in emphatic use.


BOOGIE STORM OFFICIAL/YouTubeSpider-Man and a Storm Trooper in a dance-off.

Definition: a competition, or a round in a competition, in which a number of dancers compete against each other until a winner is declared.


EmojipediaNew emojis in 2018.

Definition: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc.


White House/Pete SouzaObama and Biden are besties.

Definition: a person’s best friend.


Thomas Lohnes/Getty ImagesYou can never have too many books.

Definition: a habitual and prolific reader; a compulsive book buyer.


Chris Pizzello/Invision/APMiley Cyrus twerking.

Definition: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.


YouTube/Tyler OakleyVlogger Tyler Oakley.

Definition: a personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos.


Business InsiderNot your average tent.

Definition: a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.


Daniela Snow/FlickrPeople get cranky when they haven’t eaten.

Definition: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.


ShutterstockJust one more episode.

Definition: to watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.


Elizabeth Winterbourne/ShutterstockToo cute for words.

Definition: a dog that is a cross-breed of a pug and a beagle.


ABC‘MacGyver’ was a popular show in the ’80s.

Definition: to construct, fix, or modify something in an improvised or inventive way, typically by making use of whatever items are at hand.

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