30 words you won't believe were added to the dictionary in the last decade

Emilija Manevska/Getty Images‘Selfie’ is a real word in the dictionary 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.

“Bae” is a term of endearment.

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.

“Bridey” is another way of saying bride-like.

Thibault Camus/APA wedding dress.

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

“Dumpster fire” can have a more metaphorical definition.

Ahmed Jadallah/ReutersA dumpster burning during a protest.

Definition: A fire in a dumpster, or a chaotic or disastrously mishandled situation.

“Jerkface” might be used in a heated argument.

Dean Drobot/ShutterstockSomeone is being a jerkface.

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

“Noob” began as video game slang.

Cate Gillon / Getty ImagesNew to the game.

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

Cocktail parties can be “schmoozefests.”

Harold Cunningham/Getty ImagesA schmoozefest.

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

Comedians have been known to do “spit takes.”

Jonathan Ernst/REUTERSStephen Colbert does a spit take in Washington DC in 2010.

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.

When something is trending in the “Twittersphere,” it will probably show up on your feed.

Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo/ReutersPeople using Twitter.

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

A “bro hug” is not significantly different from a regular hug.

Otto Greule Jr./Getty ImagesA bro hug.

Definition: a friendly embrace between two men.

“YOLO” became part of popular culture when Drake released his song “The Motto (YOLO)” in 2012.

PomInOz/ShutterstockBecause 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” is a shortened form of “adorable.”

Photo by Wang He/Getty ImagesAn adorable kitten.

Definition: arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

Smartphones made “selfies” popular.

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” is a popular saying on “The Sopranos.”

HBO‘The Sopranos.’

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

While used for decades, “yas” became better known through a viral video in the 2010s where a Lady Gaga fan expressed his admiration for the star.

Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesYaaas, Gaga.

Definition: expressing great pleasure or excitement.

“Vom,” in other words, is vomit.

michaelheim/ShutterstockNot fun.

Definition: vomit.

Some people might have stronger “gaydar” than others.

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesNew York Pride.

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

When it’s not a phone or a tablet, it’s a “phablet.”

Rawpixel.com/ShutterstockA ‘phablet.’

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

Designer Betsey Johnson is an example of a “glam-ma.”

Evan Agostini/Getty ImagesBetsey Johnson.

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

“Worstest” is an actual word.

ShutterstockGetting a ticket is the worstest.

Definition: worst in emphatic use.

Some arguments can be settled with a “dance-off.”

Fox Searchlight Pictures‘Napoleon Dynamite’ having a dance-off with himself.

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

“Emojis” have changed the way we communicate.

Edoardo Maggio/Business InsiderThe emoji featured on WhatsApp.

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

Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King are “besties.”

Charles Sykes/Invision/APOprah Winfrey and Gayle King.

Definition: best friends.

“Bookaholics” can never have too many books.

Thomas Lohnes/Getty ImagesSo many books.

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

Miley Cyrus made waves when she began to “twerk” at the 2013 VMAs.

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for MTVMiley Cyrus performs.

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

“Vlog” is short for “video blog.”

Eric Gay/Associated PressVlogs of YouTubers reviewing viral food trends are especially popular.

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

“Glamping” puts regular camping to shame.

Business InsiderNot your average tent.

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

People get “hangry” when they haven’t eaten.

REUTERS/Max RossiSnacks are crucial.

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

“Binge-watching” has become a national pastime.

ShutterstockJust one more episode.

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

“Puggles” are, to use another new word, “adorbs.”

Elizabeth Winterbourne/ShutterstockToo cute for words.

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

“MacGyver,” a popular show in the ’80s, became a verb.


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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