'Amazeballs,' 'YOLO,' 'adorbs' added to Oxford Dictionaries

Now you can "humblebrag" for knowing that "binge-watch," "side boob," "douchebaggery," "fandom," and other well-known slang terms are officially in Oxford Dictionaries.

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Now you can use YOLO in a sentence without irony. Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET

Everyone get ready to "bro hug!" Thanks to Oxford Dictionaries, we no longer have to worry about being called "cray" or a "hot mess" by friends "throwing shade" at us for using words like "neckbeard" and "adorbs" in a sentence.

This week, Oxford Dictionaries added those words as well as: acquihire, air punch, amazeballs, anti-vax, binge-watch, clickbait, Deep Web, doncha, douchebaggery, e-cig, fandom, fast follower, 5:2 diet, hate-watch, hot mic, humblebrag, hyperconnected, ICYMI, listicle, live-tweet, mansplain, mud run, Paleo diet, second screen, sentiment analysis, side boob, side-eye, smartwatch, SMH, spit take, subtweet, tech-savvy, time-poor, and vape.

Abbreviations FML (f_ my life), ICYMI (in case you missed it), SMH (shaking my head), WDYT (what do you think?), and YOLO (you only live once) were also added.

This isn't the first time questionable slang terms have been added. Last year, the Oxford Dictionaries added the words "selfie," "emoji," and "twerking."

Other dictionaries, such as Merriam-Webster, have accepted various slang terms such as "hashtag," "selfie," "steampunk," and "crowdfunding." And Collins English Dictionary has added "adorkable" to its lexicon.

Even though these words may have been added to Oxford Dictionaries, not all of them are accepted by Scrabble, so don't get excited for triple scores quite yet. Though just this year, "geocache" was accepted into the Official Scrabble Dictionary.

As Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure once said, "Time changes all things; there is no reason why language should escape this universal law." We "air punch" in your honor, de Saussure.

 

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