30 new / modern words in the Oxford dictionary

A couple of words that have recently been introduced to The Oxford Dictionary Online:

  1. abandonware /əˈbandənwɛː/ computer software that is no longer distributed or supported by the developer or copyright holder
  2. alpha geek a person who has great expertise in computing and related technology
  3. bromance  a close but non-sexual relationship between two men
  4. chillax  calm down and relax
  5. crunk  very excited or full of energy
  6. d’oh /dəʊ/ exclamation used to comment on a foolish or stupid action, especially one’s own
  7. droolworthy /ˈdruːlwəːði/ extremely attractive or desirable, (of food or drink) smelling or looking delicious
  8. gamification /ˌɡeɪmɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ the application of typical elements of game playing (e.g. point scoring, competition with others, rules of play) to other areas of activity, typically as an online marketing technique to encourage engagement with a product or service
  9. grrrl  /grrl/ a young woman regarded as independent and strong or aggressive, especially in her attitude to men or in her sexuality (A blend of “Grrrr” and “Girl.”)
  10. hater /ˈheɪtə/ a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing
  11. illiterati /ɪlɪtərˈrɑːti/ people who are not well educated or well informed about a particular subject or sphere of activity
  12. infomania  /ˌɪnfə(ʊ)ˈmeɪnɪə/ the compulsive desire to check or accumulate news and information, typically via mobile phone or computer
  13. K-pop Korean pop music
  14. locavore /ˈləʊkəvɔː/ a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food
  15. muggle  a person who is not conversant with a particular activity or skill
  16. noob a person who is inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet
  17. obvs  /ɒvz/ obviously
  18. ransomware /ˈrans(ə)mwɛː/ a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid
  19. rewild /riːˈwʌɪld/ restore (an area of land) to its natural uncultivated state (used especially with reference to the reintroduction of species of wild animal that have been driven out or exterminated)
  20. screenager  a person in their teens or twenties who has an aptitude for computers and the Internet
  21. sexting the sending of sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone
  22. textspeak language regarded as characteristic of text messages, consisting of abbreviations, acronyms, initials, emoticons. (wut hpns win u write lyk dis.)
  23. totes  /təʊts/ totally
  24. truthiness the quality of seeming or being felt to be true, even if not necessarily true
  25. twitterati keen or frequent users of the social networking site Twitter
  26. unfriend  remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site
  27. upcycle  reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original
  28. whatevs  whatever
  29. Whovian /ˈhuːvɪən/ a fan of the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who
  30. woot /wuːt/ (especially in electronic communication) Used to express elation, enthusiasm, or triumph

My favourite? I’d probably go for truthiness or twitterati;)

source: blog.oxforddictionaries.com and mentalfloss.com

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