New Words Added to Dictionary – June 2012

Each quarter, the editors of the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary publish a list of new words that are included in the ever-expanding online edition. Reviewing the list, one wonders why they weren’t included months or years earlier since they have been in common usage for some time. Nevertheless, recent additions in June 2012 include the following:

aptronym
bimble
bling (verb)
cybercast
digipak
Hooverian
Kennedyesque
Scotchguarding
subdirectory
subsistence allowance
superbabe
super-fact
superglue
supertaster
Urbanite

The editors of the OED are also currently considering several words that may make it this year or the next. Some words under consideration demonstrate that these editors can be rather cheeky. The words that are not ready for dictionary prime time include:

Squoob: A blend of squeeze and boob: prominent cleavage seen from someone wearing a low-cut, tight-fitting dress or bodice.
geri-ed: Abbreviated form of “geriatric emergency department”
selfie: A photographic self-portrait — made possible by ubiquitous smart phones with two lenses
Bradreeism: Clan-based political npostism
Phablet: A blend of phone and tablet

For further reading: oxforddictionaries.com
blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2012/06/words-on-the-radar-june-2012/

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