New Words to Oxford Dictionary

oxford_english_dictionaryThe gap between written English and spoken English is getting bigger. There are tons of phrases or words that you cannot find in any dictionary. Since the process of this change is slow, it is ok for native speakers; however, when it comes to English learners, sometimes it is a disaster.

To keep up with the latest English, one should not only watch movies and TV series, also study them. I guess they are the best source for those who do not have the chance to visit England or US.

I’m sure each and every language is evolving and changing over time… Now, let’s look at some words that have recently been added to Oxford Dictionary:

 

chillax

verb

calm down and relax:

you can dance to your favourite tune, chillax, or have friends over

 

sext
verb

[with object] (usually as noun sexting)
send (someone) sexually explicit photographs or messages via mobile phone:
older teens are more likely to engage in sexting than their younger counterparts
one in nine Brits sext their partner every day, a new survey has found
the primary reason teenagers sext is to look cool and sexy to someone they find attractive

whatevs

exclamation , adverb , & pronoun
whatever
[as exclamation]:
I’m sure someone will disagree with my summary, but whatevs

 

Whovian
noun

informal
a fan of the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who:
as a fan from way back, Barrowman is well aware of just how passionate Whovians are about everything ‘Who’

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. No doubt, every language was first spoken before it was written and language growth starts mainly with speaking. Only occasionally does a writer coin a new word that catches on. A worrying question, though, is whether everything spoken should necessarily end up being incorporated into the common parlance of the language. Logic dictates ‘no’ because slang and other colloquialisms always permeate a living language at any given point. So, what meaningful criteria help decide what new vocab, calqueing, etc. are acceptable, or not, as a new form of formal speech. English is one language that has changed so much over the centuries that native speakers of it at certain points along its long continuum would not even understand one another. King James of England and Queen Elizabeth II would surely need an interpreter between them!

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  2. Posted by Bora Shpuza-Kasapolli on May 16, 2013 at 14:24

    I have ‘studied’ TV shows (comedy), movies and articles forever, and I’ve always told everyone I know that this is THE way to stay updated in languages. Little did I know that this method would become especially important now, in the technology era 🙂 Having ‘studied’ like that for years has made it so easy for me to promptly understand newly coined expressions/words that spring up daily – so much so, that sometimes I find myself making up my own 🙂

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