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

Peter Macdiarmid / Getty‘Selfie’ is a real word now.

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 20 surprising words that somehow made it into the dictionary.


“Bro hug”

Otto Greule Jr./Getty ImagesA bro hug.

Definition: a friendly embrace between two men.


“YOLO”

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).


“Adorbs”

Photo by Wang He/Getty ImagesAn adorable kitten.

Definition: arousing great delight; cute or adorable.


“Selfie”

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.


“Fuhgeddaboudit”

HBOThe Sopranos.

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


“Yas”

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesYaaas, Gaga.

Definition: expressing great pleasure or excitement.


“Vom”

Flickr/Jade JacksonIn other words, vomit.

Definition: vomit.


“Gaydar”

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


“Phablet”

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


“Glam-ma”

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

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


“Worstest”

ShutterstockGetting a ticket is the worstest.

Definition: worst in emphatic use.


“Dance-off”

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.


“Emoji”

EmojipediaNew emojis in 2018.

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


“Bestie”

White House/Pete SouzaObama and Biden are besties.

Definition: a person’s best friend.


“Bookaholic”

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

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


“Twerk”

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


“Vlog”

YouTube/Tyler OakleyVlogger Tyler Oakley.

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


“Glamping”

Business InsiderNot your average tent.

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


“Hangry”

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


“Binge-watch”

ShutterstockJust one more episode.

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

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