It’s no surprise that the Oxford English Dictionary is doing their best to keep up with the slang of the young-ins, as they gave the title of last year’s word of the year to the “Face with Tears of Joy emoji.” But, this September’s batch of new words are truly millennial, ranging from “gender-fluid” to “YOLO” and crowd favorite “moobs.” Here’s just some of the words they decided to add, including their definitions, according to Time.
bracketology (n.): the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament (typically the NCAA basketball tournament) and the winners of the competition’s stages, as depicted in a diagram representing the sequence of matches.
“cheese eater (n.): a person who eats cheese; a person who appreciates or routinely consumes cheese.
clicktivism (n.): the practice of signaling support for a political or social cause by means of the Internet, through social media, online petitions, etc., rather than by more substantive involvement.
freemium (n.): a business model, especially on the Internet, whereby basic services are provided free of charge while more advanced features must be paid for.
fuhgeddaboudit (int.): in representations of regional speech (associated especially with New York and New Jersey): “forget about it”; used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable.
gender-fluid (adj.): designating a person who does not identify with a single fixed gender.
’Merica (n.): America. Note: Originally and chiefly in representations of nonstandard speech. Now frequently also in ironic or self-conscious use, emphasizing emblematic or stereotypical qualities of American traditions, institutions and national ideals.
moobs (n.): unusually prominent breasts on a man, typically as a result of excess pectoral fat.
non-apology (n.): a statement that takes the form of an apology but does not acknowledge responsibility or express regret for what has caused offence or upset; an insincere or unconvincing apology.
swirlie (n.): an act of forcibly immersing a person’s head in the bowl of a toilet as it is flushed, typically as a practical joke.
uptalk (n.): a manner of speaking in which declarative sentences are uttered with rising intonation at the end, a type of intonation more typically associated with questions.
Yoda (n.): a person who embodies the characteristics of Yoda, esp. in being wise; an elder, sage or guru.
YOLO (int.): “You only live once”; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior).”
Though I do think the OED needs to rethink their definition of “cheese eater,” I appreciate the regional additions of “‘Merica” and “fuhgeddaboudit,” as I had seen it plastered across signs that let you know that you’re leaving Brooklyn (like that’s a tragic thing) for as long as I could read.
Also, kudos to them for adding “gender-fluid,” confirming to close minded nay-sayers that it is actually a real thing that people are and not something “babied children” made up because they’re “pussies.”
You can find the full list of added words on the OED website, here.