Thursday , September 19 2019
Home | World | Manspreading, hangry and wine o’clock join Oxford online dictionary
Credit: AP

Manspreading, hangry and wine o’clock join Oxford online dictionary

Manspreading is the worst… especially when you’re annoyed, hangry and ready for wine o’clock. Do you have any idea what I’m talking about?

Well now you will. Manspreading, hangry and wine o’clock were three of the many slang words and phrases to officially join OxfordDictionaries.com on Thursday in a quarterly update of popular phrases.

Manspreading is a term to describe men who take up extra space on public transport by sitting with their legs spread wide apart.  According to Reuters, a poster campaign was launched in an effort to discourage manspreading on subways in New York City.

Hangry is described as anger or a bad mood brought on by hunger, and wine o’clock refers to “an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine.” Other words such as bruh, awesomesauce and cakeage made the list as well.

Here are a few of the definitions added to the online dictionary:

  • beer o’clock, n: the appropriate time of day to start drinking beer
  • Brexit, n: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the 28-nation European Union
  • Grexit, n: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the 19-nation eurozone, the countries in the European Union that use the shared euro currency
  • butt dial, v: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket
  • cat cafe, n: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
  • fatberg, n: very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
  • cakeage, n: an added charge made by a restaurant for serving cake that they have not supplied themselves
  • cheffy, adj: relating to or characteristic of a chef (especially with reference to elaborate recipes, complicated techniques, etc.)
  • awesomesauce, adj: extremely good; excellent
  • mic drop, n: an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive; Used to emphasize that a discussion is at an end
  • rage-quit, v: angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game
  • pwn, v: utterly defeat (an opponent or rival), especially in video gaming; completely get the better of
  • glanceable, adj: denoting or relating to information, especially as displayed on an electronic screen, that can be read or understood very quickly and easily
  • bruh, n: a male friend
  • Mx, n: a title used before a person’s surname by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender

Some people may think that adding words like bruh to the dictionary is a big deal. It’s important to remember that language is here for us to have a way to communicate with one another. As our culture changes, our language changes with us.

Clifford Sofield, assistant editor at Oxford English Dictionary, said that a team of editors evaluate words that have gained a place in everyday speech, and if they meet a set of standards they are added to the dictionary, ABC reports. These are words that are popular enough to appear in our vernacular every day. Their definitions should be out there!

“Basically, we assess these words along the same standards [as all others],” Sofield said. “They have to show evidence for sufficient currency and longevity.” Because when a word makes it into the dictionary, it remains forever.

About Meredith Rodefer

Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com