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Amazeballs and mummy porn make it into online dictionary

The term mummy porn was coined when the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by British author EL James, shot to popularity this year. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

86 words and terms including blootered, amazeballs and mummy porn have been added to the Collins online dictionary.

The publisher said it was "blown away" by the thousands of entries it received after inviting all English-speaking members of the public to become "word-spotters" and suggest new and emerging words for inclusion.

Collins said opening the normally closed process would make the way the English language is recorded more democratic.

The term mummy porn was coined when the novel Fifty Shades of Grey, by British author EL James, shot to popularity this year.

The book explores themes of a sexual nature and has a reputation for being popular with women.

Blootered, an adjective commonly used in Scotland to describe someone who is drunk, was added, along with Facebook, cyber bullying and floordrobe, which is defined as "a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room".

Phrases like "amazeballs", popularised by Made in Chelsea, have been added to Collins online dictionary Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Other new additions to the dictionary include:

  • Frenemy - a person considered as a friend and a rival
  • Shabby chic - a style of design that is worn or distressed
  • Tiger mother - a very strict mother who demands that her children reach a high level of achievement
  • LOCOG - London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games
  • BBM - Blackberry Messenger
  • Marra - Northern English word for "mate"

Criteria for inclusion includes frequency of use, number of sources and staying power.Alex Brown, head of digital at Collins, said:

We were optimistic about just how keen people would be to take part, but have been blown away by the volume and variety of submissions, and the way that this opportunity to contribute and help document the English language has captured the public imagination.We look forward to receiving more submissions over the coming months and years, and, as the pace of change within the English language continues to accelerate, the contributions by eagle-eyed and sharp-eared word-spotters will become increasingly important.

The entries will now be considered for the dictionary's print edition, but people can continue to submit words to Collins' online resource, which the publisher said allows it to keep up to date in real time.