New words

Here are my favorite new words added in August to OxfordDictionaries.com:

  • amazeballs (adjective) – Extremely good or impressive; amazingthe atmosphere was nothing special but the food was amazeballs
  • YOLO (abbreviation) – You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour): I just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food. But YOLO, right?
  • binge-watch (verb) – Watch multiple episodes of (a television programme) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming: you can binge-watch the entire season with this set
  • fratty (adjective) – Characteristic of a student fraternity or its members (often with reference to rowdy behaviour): fratty bars
  • hench (adjective) – (Of a man) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles: there’s nothing funnier than seeing a really hench guy walking a tiny dog
  • humblebrag (noun) – An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud: social media status updates are basically selfies, humblebrags, and rants
  • hot mic (noun) – A microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private: she didn’t realize that her snarky comments were being said into a hot mic
  • cray (adjective) – Crazy: she’s cray cray
  • side-eye (noun) – A sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt: after we complained of being ignored she kept giving me the side-eye
  • baller (noun) – A successful person, typically one who has a lavish or self-indulgent lifestyle: who doesn’t feel like a baller sipping whiskey out of a personalized glass?
  • bro hug (noun) – Another term for man hug: they had a little bro hug in front of the cameras
  • hyperconnected (adjective) – Characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity: in our hyperconnected world, employees expect to work from anywhere
  • throw shade (verb) – Publicly criticize or express contempt for someone: if she was really so above it all, she wouldn’t have to throw shade
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