New Words Make Oxford Online Dictionary

23 August 2012, 06:28

Loads of words made famous by twitter, text messages and reality television have made it into the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Here are some of our favourite new additions...

Date night - a prearranged occasion on which an established couple, esp. one with children, go for a night out together.

Dirty martini - a cocktail made with gin (or vodka), dry vermouth, and a small amount of olive brine, typically garnished with a green olive.

Douche -[new sense]: an obnoxious or contemptible person. Also douchey, adj.

Manage expectations - seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.

Group hug -  a number of people gathering together to hug each other, typically to provide support or express solidarity.

Guilty pleasure - something, such as a film, television programme, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.

Hosepipe ban - an official restriction on the use of hosepipes, imposed by a particular water company on its customers during a water shortage.

Lolz - fun, laughter, or amusement.

Micro pig -  a pig of a very small, docile, hairless variety, sometimes kept as a pet.

Mwahahaha - exclamation: used to represent laughter, esp. manic or cackling laughter such as that uttered by a villainous character in a cartoon or comic strip.

Ridic - ridiculous (abbreviation).

Ripped - having well-defined or well-developed muscles; muscular.

Tweeps -  a person's followers on the social networking site Twitter.

Wikipedian - a person who contributes to the collaboratively written online encyclopedia Wikipedia, esp. on a regular basis.

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