More Silly Not-Real-Words Have Been Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The people in charge of ruining the language have once again done that thing where they try to get kids to make their story go viral, by adding a bunch of silly-sounding non-words to the Oxford English Dictionary.

This latest update sees internet words like ‘YOLO’ (about three years late), ‘Fuhgeddaboudit’ and ‘Mang’ enter the scene, alongside hundreds of actual words that we don't care about quite as much, because they're real and therefore belong there anyway.

The OED’s also used the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth as an excuse to legitimise some of the late author’s more colourful linguistic inventions, including ‘Scrumdiddlyumptious’ (Extremely scrumptious; excellent, splendid; (esp. of food) delicious), and Oompa Loompa.

The OED’s also updated loads of existing entries, including ‘Squee’, which is apparently a noise people make when they’re excited, according to their Facebook status updates, and as such is definitely a word.

You can find the full list of new stuff here. [OED]

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