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YOLO and Sideboob added to online Oxford Dictionary

YOLO: The millennial equivalent of 'Carpe Diem.' Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons

Do you binge-watch your favourite dramas whilst humblebragging on Facebook about your YOLO philosphy? You may have even inadvertently flashed a bit of sideboob to some adorbs hench bloke at the gym as you were planning another loan from the Bank of Mum and Dad..

These are just some of the new words added to OxfordDictionaries.com today in its latest quarterly update giving an insight into current language usage trends.

New entries include:

  • Adorbs: An adjective meaning something is cute or adorable.
  • Sideboob: A view of a female breast as seen from the side, usually under loose-fitting clothes.
  • Neckbeard: Growth of hair on a man's neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.
  • Amazeballs: Impressive or very enjoyable.
  • Hate-watch: Watching a programme for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticising it.
  • Listicle: An internet article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list
  • Binge-watch: Consuming entire TV-shows in their entirety immediately. Made possible by internet on-demand video streaming and comprehensive DVD boxsets.
  • Humblebrag: Subtly letting friends, colleagues and often strangers know about how fantastic your life is whilst undercutting your brag with a bit of self-effacing humour.
  • Bank of Mum and Dad: A loan from one's parents, usually with excellent (zero) interest rates or repayment plans.
  • YOLO: Abbreviation for: you only live once - a 21st Century 'Carpe Diem.'
  • Bro hug: A manly hug between two men
  • Cray: A person or thing that is outlandish, wild or indeed crazy.
  • Hench: A male (usually) who has spent a large portion of his free time in gym developing upper-body muscles, often omitting any sort of leg exercise.
  • Hot mess: An individual who maintains an undeniable attractiveness or beauty even in a state of stress or dissaray.
  • Mansplain: To delight in condescending, inaccurate explanations delivered with rock-solid confidence of rightness and that slimy certainty that of course he is right, because he is the man in a conversation.
  • Side-eye: A facial expression displaying one's criticism, disapproval or scorn towards another.

The Oxford Corpus reveals an approximate tenfold increase in usage of the terms vape and e-cig in the last two years, as electronic devices which enable people to inhale smokeless nicotine vapour have become increasingly widespread.

E-cigarette, added to OxfordDictionaries.com in August 2012, has seen an even sharper rise in usage.

TV shows like Breaking Bad have given rise to the popularity of binge-watching. Credit: Empics Entertainment

Other informal or slang terms added include bank of mum and dad, bro hug, cray, hench, hot mess, mansplain, side-eye, and spit-take.

The abbreviation cray - crazy - seems to have arisen initially in the reduplicated form cray cray in the early 2000s, but it was popularised in its single-syllable form when used by Kanye West in the hook to a track from his collaboration album with Jay Z.

New words, senses, and phrases are added to OxfordDictionaries.com once editors have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.

Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Connor Martin said: "One of the advantages of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to explore how English language evolves differently across the world.

"Naturally, many words are used in similar frequencies in the UK and US, for instance the informal additions amazeballs and neckbeard.

"However, some new slang and informal words catch on much more quickly in a particular variety of English-for instance, in our monitoring sample, side boob is more than 10 times more common in the UK than in the US (although this is due in part to its frequent use in the British media), whereas adorbs is used about four times more often in the US as in the UK."

The new entries mentioned above have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, not the Oxford English Dictionary.