New Dictionary Words

25 June 2015, 06:00

Check out some of the new words in the dictionary.

The Oxford English Dictionary has added 500 new words in its latest edition. Here are a few of the most interesting new entries and their meanings:

:: e-cigarette (noun) - the "cigarette-shaped device containing a nicotine-based liquid or other substance that is vaporized and inhaled, used to simulate the experience of smoking'' has soared in popularity in recent years, but the word usage can be traced back to 2007.

:: voluntourism (noun) - "tourism in which travellers spend time doing voluntary work on development projects, usually for charity'', is believed to have been first used in 1991.

:: webisode (noun) - "a short video, especially an instalment in a drama or comedy series, which is presented online rather than being broadcast on television'' was recorded in use in 1996.

:: FLOTUS (noun) - (The) First Lady of the United States was referred to using this acronym as early as 1983, and is now Michelle Obama's official twitter handle.

:: freegan (noun) - A person who eats discarded food, typically collected from the refuse of shops or restaurants, for ethical or ecological reasons. The word was recorded in use in The Sunday Times in 1997. It can also be used as an adjective.

:: ecotown (noun): A new town designed to have a minimal impact on the environment and to facilitate an environmentally responsible lifestyle for its residents. First used in 1974.