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New Words Nook

Updated on January 18, 2013

Welcome to the New Words Nook

Today we are featuring the latest in newfangled nomenclature. For those who haven't a clue what this means -- at least 2,000 new words have been added to the English language, (now made up of more than two billion words).

So, whatever you do...don't forget to insert them into your tantalizing Tweets, your funky FaceBook page, your entertaining emails, and last but not least, your careworn if not contorted conversation!


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DO YOU KNOW THESE WONDERFUL WORDS? - The Oxford English Dictionary's Long List of Spanking New Words

The Oxford English Dictionary (O.E.D.) is reputed to the one of the largest and most reputable repository of words and their meanings to be found in the English language.

A spokesman for publishers Oxford University Press said: "New words are drawn from analysis of the two-billion-word Oxford English Corpus and from our worldwide Reading Programme to ensure the dictionary remains at the leading edge of language research."

Here is the O.E.D.'s long list of some lovely new words that have been added to their rather fine 500-pound piece of posh pedantry for the year 2010.


aerobicize, v.

aerobicized, adj.

amatriciana, n.

anti-proliferation, adj.

arrabbiata, n.

arthrobranch, n.

arthrobranchia, n.

awardee, n.


bada-bing, int.

bahookie, n.

bail, v.5

beer pong, n.

beezer, adj.

belly-up, adv.

-biont, comb. form

bippy, n.

bling, n. and adj.

bosting, adj.

bracero, n.

breakout, adj.

broomball, n.


cabbaged, adj.

carpet bombing, n.

celebutante, n.

Central Casting, n. and adj.

check-in, adj. and n.

chucklesome, adj.

churro, n.

close season, n.

conchiglie, n.

cross-train, v.

cross-trainer, n.

cross-training, n.

crostini, n.

cruciverbalist, n.

cube, n.

cultigen, n.

cypherpunk, n.


dancey, adj.

dead zone, n.

deboard, v.

deboarding, n.

de-pants, v.

diplobiontic, adj.

Disneyfication, n.

Disneyfied, adj.

Disneyfy, v.

Dopp kit, n.

Dorothy Dix, n.

drive-by, n. and adj.


Emily's List, n.


facialist, n.

fancy-pants, adj. and n.

Five-O, n.

foofaraw, adj. and n.

Freddie Mac, n.


gapper, n.

garnacha, n.

gay-friendly, adj.

GIF, n.

Ginnie Mae, n.

goût de terroir, n.

grind house, n.

gross-out, n. and adj.

gueuze, n.


haplobiont, n.

haplobiontic, adj.

haplodiploid, adj.

hard-ass, n. and adj.

hard-assed, adj.

hardscape, n.

hardscaping, n.

heightism, n.

heightist, adj.

hominin, n. and adj.

hoolie, n.

hooptie, n.

hydrospeed, n.

hypernym, n.

hypernymy, n.


ill-deserved, adj.

Islamophobia, n.


Jack, n.11


key worker, n.

kir royale, n.


lamer, n.

langer, n.

lebkuchen, n.

limoncello, n.

liposculpture, n.

locksmithing, n.

logoed, adj.

Lollywood, n.

looky-loo, n.

low-rent, adj.


mesotherapy, n.

microbrowser, n.

mosey, n.

musical soirée, n.


obesogenic, adj.

off-label, adj. and adv.

offshore, v.

offshoring, n.


parthenote, n.

Photoshop, v.


radge, adj. and n.2

radgie, adj.

rapini, n.

reperfusion, n.

retronym, n.

riffage, n.

run-and-gun, adj. and n.


Sallie Mae, n.

salsero, n.

scooch, v.

scouch, v.

scrote, n.

self-harm, n.

self-harming, n.

self-harming, adj.

self-select, adj.

self-select, v.

self-selecting, adj.

Skilsaw, n.

sofrito, n.

spiedie, n.

supermini, n.1


telemeeting, n.

terroir, adj.

therapize, v.

treeware, n.

tuneage, n.

twonk, n.


videogenic, adj.

viewshed, n.

vox, n.2


walled garden, n.

Wi-Fi, n. (and adj.)

womyn, n.

wonky, adj.2


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What the heck is a "BAHOOKIE"?

Well, according to Bagpipe Barney, who spends a good deal of time blowing a lot of hot air through a narrow pipe into a bladder from which emanates a sound synonymous with a screaming meemie and a squeaky wheel, a bahookie is a Scottish term for one's backside, buttucks, or the more politically-correct term, posterior or the scientifically-correct, gluteus maximus.


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OH JOY - GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! - How are you going to celebrate 2012 THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON?

Duddo Drebley has a developed a dazzling device to help him devour a few new words to improve his vocabulary this year.


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What does it take to get a new word into the Oxford English Dictionary?

According to the Editor of the New Words Group at the Oxford English Dictionary in Jolly Old England, they require five pieces of printed evidence from five different sources over a period of at least five years before they can consider the word for inclusion in the O.E.D.

Once these criteria have been met, there are still other hoops through which the word in question must jump.

1. Is there widespread evidence that the word being considered is being used in general contexts (perhaps sound-recordings, dialogue in movies, conversation etc.?)

2. What is the historical importance of the word?

3. And lots of other vitally important things (too numerous to mention) that must be gathered, researched, assessed, and ruminated upon before a final decision is made. Of course this all goes without saying the word must also be prioritized in a never-ending pile of pithy new words to be deliberated upon.

"Bada Bing" not to be confused with "Bling"!

Among this year's additions to the O.E.D. is the bodacious if not brilliant itty-bitty word "bada-bing".

For those who haven't the foggiest idea what this amusing alliteration means, it was popularized by several plucky pilferers from America in the TV soap called "The Sopranos".

Bada-bing (not to be confused with "bling" (expensive flashy trinkets and toys inferring one is a high-muck-a-muck who's rolling in dough), "suggests something happening suddenly, emphatically, or easily and predictably."

"B" is for "BROMANCE"

n. a close but non-sexual relationship between two men

In the great scheme of things, it's always handy to have a few new words to splash around the pondering pool of life, or at the very least to relieve the boredom of listening to a dansy-headed drone at the dinner table wax who never uses more than one syllable to spice up a conversation.


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I don't believe I've had the pleasure of making your acquaintance "Cheeseball"?

Not to put too fine a point on it but a cheeseball is a pejorative term referring to any individual lacking taste, style or originality .

Yup, that pretty well sums up that dazzling doe-eyed dork who's standing there quietly munching on my brand new Oxford English Dictionary!


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D is for "DARTITIS" - Another Daffy Disease to add to one's Medical Mirth Manuscript?

Dartitis n. a state of nervousness which prevents a player from releasing a dart at the right moment when throwing (and in this case, who said hitting a bull's eye for the optimal weather forecast to go out on a blind date was such a snap?)

NOTE: According to the folks at, "Dartitis" was accepted for publication in the Oxford English Dictionary on December 15, 2006 (after its first recorded use in a publication called "Darts World" in 1981).


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What does one do with fidgety fingers if not sit on them or else invite a group of family members, friends, or foes to engage in a bit of fargling for fun!

It's also known as a gripping game of "rock-paper-scissors", "scissors-paper-stone", or "janken"!

Rock is represented by a clenched fist.

Scissors is represented by the index and middle fingers extended and separated (or in South Korea, by the thumb and index finger extended).

Paper is represented by an open hand, with the fingers connected in a horizontal pattern.

The objective is to select a gesture which defeats that of the opponent. Gestures are resolved as follows:

-- Rock blunts or breaks scissors: that is, rock defeats scissors

-- Scissors cut paper: scissors defeats paper

-- Paper covers or captures rock: paper defeats rock

-- If both players choose the same gesture, the game is tied and the players throw again.

And, just in case you think those crazy Canucks haven't a clue how to play a game that doesn't involve a word called "eh", a tuque (pronounced "toooook"), and an ice-rink (plus the usual hockey stick, puck and a pair of skates) -- you'd be wrong. They've won FIVE out of the last eight "Rock Paper Scissors World Championship Tournaments" and set a Guinness World record for the most number of people playing the game at the same time!

"F" is for "FRENEMY"

frenemy n. - a person that one is friendly with despite a fundamental dislike


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"H" is for "HIKIKOMORI"

Well, if you're really scratching your head on this one, don't give up.

Okay, I spy with my little eye...a humongous hickey!

No, it's not an amusing Asian word for the tell-tale sign or symbol, usually on the neck, of a sybaritic smooching session gone beyond the bounds of either duty or decorum -- try again!

Look, I'm all tuckered out...what the heck is a hikikomori?

Well according to the folks at the Oxford English Dictionary, hikikomori is the abnormal avoidance of social contact, typically by young Japanese males.


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The Bold Brand-New and Bodacious Words Bookshelf

Concise Oxford English Dictionary: 11th Edition Revised 2008
Concise Oxford English Dictionary: 11th Edition Revised 2008

This is a weighty tome indeed but worth it's weight in ducats.

Compact Oxford English Dictionary: For University and College Students
Compact Oxford English Dictionary: For University and College Students

Containing 144,000 words, phrases and definitions, this compact compendium will save the butt of those who are bereft of words to write a billet-doux; if not, it may, in a pinch, also serve as a rather fine door-stopper.

The Oxford Dictionary of New Words
The Oxford Dictionary of New Words

Wily word-watchers will appreciate this classic!

Suite Dreams & Tightmares: New Words for a Changing World
Suite Dreams & Tightmares: New Words for a Changing World

What laugh-out-loud logophile wouldn't want to get their hands on this darling ditty!

Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words
Wordcatcher: An Odyssey into the World of Weird and Wonderful Words

A great way to learn some new weird and wonderful words like `gynotikolobomassophile' ...what do you mean you don't like nibbling on women's earlobes?



It was announced in August 2010 that the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) would likely not issue a print version of its 500,000 + electronic entries.

Which of the following words is NOT included in the OED?

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BIG BRITCHES TO FILL! - Nothing but the naked truth when it comes to telling you all about those new wickedly words

-- alter­napop -- angsty -- any­hoo

-- babe-aliciousness -- beje­sus -- bitchi­tude -- Boo-Ya Nation

-- dil­do­pre­neur -- droit de senny -- dudely -- Engrish

-- fan-f***ing-tabulous -- fugly -- grapetas­ti­cally --

-- mal­go­v­ern­ment -- man-dresses -- manky -- mom­my­blog­da­cious­ness -- pidginized

-- tear-assed -- ther­a­pised -- under­wear­ian -- vomit-y -- voten­freude -- YouTube-ization


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Words Credit: Sarah Boxer, popular words used in blogs, in Geist Magazine, March 4, 2011

'Tis the season to be jolly! - The true meaning of "mythletoe"

mythletoe n. the fanciful belief that if you stood long enough under a frigging twig with white berries that a merry-minded man (from Mars) or a marvellous maven (from Venus) would perform a lip lock miracle and cart you off on an all-expense paid vacation to play among the stars (in Hollywood naturally) ; or alternively, that if you kissed a frog over the holidays, it would turn into Prince Charming (who at long last managed to get a grip on life and chucked that wretched glass slipper just in time to invite you to the New Year's Eve ball!)


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

This best-seller is about an American army doctor who became the most prolific contributor to the great Oxford English Dictionary after being committed to an asylum for murder.



While highly esteemed editors and diligent researchers at the "The Oxford English Dictionary give their blessing to thousands of new words to the English language every year, others succumb to an ignominous end.

Those that don't cut the mustard are given their walking papers. Yes, without much pomp and circumstance they are consummately culled, righteously rejected, if not tersely turfed as being "unsuitable for inclusion in the OED").

So, where do all these unused, unloved, and unsatisfactory words end up a dumpster? No, according to OED officials, they are all placed neatly on 4" x 6" inch cards and stored alphabetically in 50 huge filing cabinets in a highly-secure vault somewhere (read dusty dungeon full of deliberately discarded deads a doornail words).

Goodheavens, Is that a booklouse I see munching on those index cards full of unpalatable words?

Pray tell, what are some of these notable non-entities (better known as nixed "non-words") that have been relegated to the dastardly denizen of all things dead?

accordionated - being able to drive and refold a road map at the same time

asphinxiation - being sick to death of unanswerable puzzles or riddles

blogish - a variety of English that uses a large number of initialisms, frequently used on blogs

dringle - the watermark left on wood caused by a glass of liquid.

dunandunate - the overuse of a word or phrase that has recently been added to one's own vocabulary

earworm - a catchy tune that frequently gets stuck in one's head

espacular - something especially spectacular

freegan - someone who rejects consumerism, usually by eating discarded food

fumb - one's large toe

furgle - to feel in a pocket or bag for a small object such as a coin or key

glocalization - running a business according to both local and global considerations

griefer - someone who spends their online time harassing others

headset jockey - a telephone call centre worker

lexpionage - the sleuthing of words and phrases

locavor - a person who tries to eat only locally grown or produced food

museum head - feeling mentally exhausted and no longer able to take in information; usually following a trip to a museum

nonversation - a worthless conversation, wherein nothing is explained or otherwise elaborated upon

nudenda - an unhidden agenda

onionate - to overwhelm with post-dining breath

optotoxical - a look that could kill, normally from a parent or spouse

parrotise - a haven for exotic birds, especially green ones

peppier - a server whose sole job is to offer diners a ground condiment on the primary course, usually from a large pepper mill

precuperate - to prepare for the possibility of being ill

pharming - the practice of creating a dummy website for phishing data

polkadodge - the dance that occurs when two people attempt to pass each other but move in the same direction

pregreening - the creeping forwards of a vehicle while waiting for a red light to change

quackmire - the muddy edges of a duck pond

scrax - the waxy coating that is scratched off an instant 'scratch & win' lottery ticket

smushables - items that must be packed at the top of a garment bag or suitcase to avoid being squashed

spatulate - removing cake mixture from the side of a bowl with a spatula instead of one's fingers

sprog - to go faster then a jog but slower then a sprint

sprummer - when summer and spring time can't decide which is to come first, usually hot one day then cold the next

stealth-geek - one who hides their nerdy interests while maintaining a normal outward appearance

vidiot - one who is inept at programming video recording equipment

whinese - a term for the language spoken by children on lengthy trips

wibble - the trembling of the lower lip just shy of actually crying

wurfing - the act of surfing the Internet while at work

wikism - a piece of information that claims to be true but is wildly inaccurate

xenolexica - a grave confusion when faced with unusual words


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Source: "Secret vault of words rejected by the Oxford English Dictionary uncovered" (see, 04 August 2010.


The English language appears to be a healthy, growing organism unlike the world economy that seems to teetering on the brink of disaster.

Empire builders have always prided themselves on their ability to make friends and influence people (usually with the help of either bribery and bopping folks over the head, whichever works best).

So, it is not surprising therefore that the Land of the Bald Eagle, (home of the brave, not to mention brawny beer-drinkers and bold pragmatists), should feel a desire to write their own comprehensive compendium of colorful words (in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary) to rival the stodgy Oxford English Dictionary.

It's not surprising that "Stars and Stripes" have their own contributions to the treasury of witty and wonky words. They are keen to take credit for many cool "new" words including: "poke" (in the Facebook sense), "ginormous", "crowdsource", "webisode", and "web-surfing".

They also take great pride in coming up with some nifty new names like: "chocotherapy", "dataveillance", "fedge", "familymoon", "kawaii", "lattefactor", "mobisodes", "movieoke", and "worm polls".

HAVE A HO HO HO HALLOWEEN! - Ghastly Greetings from the Goblins, Ghouls and Ghosts at Your Favorite Zombie Bank!

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According to (September 23, 2010), "The New Oxford American Dictionary has released its third edition, and in the time-honored tradition of lexicographical publicity, a sampling of the dictionary's new words and phrases has been making the rounds."

It seems that all these newfangled words have arrived just in time for Halloween! So, let's string a few of these nice new words togother and see if we can come up with something that will put a smile on someone's face.

It was a boogieman "bromance" made in heaven -- the only trouble was that the presence of several ghastly Greedy Greenback Goblins from Wall Street not to mention the recent plethora of poltergeist policy changes by a few filthy lucre folks and "quantitative easing" characters at the Federal Reserve had made it difficult for the "defriended" dough dude employed by the "Zombie Bank" to find a colorful "credit crunch" costume that wouldn't cost him an arm and a leg.

bromance n. informal a close but nonsexual relationship between two men; a blend of brother and romance.

credit crunch n. a sudden sharp reduction in the availability of money or credit from banks and other lenders.

defriend v. to informally remove (someone) from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site.

quantitative easing n. a financial term meaning the introduction of new money (by printing more of it) into the money supply by a central bank.

Zombie Bank n. an informal term meaning a financial institution that is insolvent but that continues to operate with government assistance.

Pith & Vinegar Poll - The latest wacky word on the block

"Hogwashist" has been contributed by Sam Snapfinger of Potato Patch, New Mexico and his brother George "Montezuma" (the last name is his WWW wrestling handle), formerly of Shoe Fly, Illinois and now residing part-time in Willacoochee, Georgia and in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota

Hogwashist n. What does it mean?

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OLD & UNUSUAL WORDS in the English Language

Wicked Words (Horrible Histories Special)
Wicked Words (Horrible Histories Special)

A fine collected of wicked words for wordbirds or wordwatchers.

The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten
The Word Museum: The Most Remarkable English Words Ever Forgotten

For those who love amusing antiquities or odd and obscure words, this is a fascinating feast for the eyes.

Weird Canadian Words: How to Speak Canadian (Great Canadian Stories)
Weird Canadian Words: How to Speak Canadian (Great Canadian Stories)

For those who need to know that weird and wonderful language they speak north of the 49th parallel in the land of ice and snow.

A classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue.
A classical dictionary of the vulgar tongue.

The perfect gift for language lovers who adore whetting their appetite on obscure words like, "gallipot" (name for an apothecary), "lully triggers" (thieves who steel wet linen, or "rum drawers" (silk stockings).

The Bride of Anguished English
The Bride of Anguished English

English can be entertaining, expecially with a few fanciful faux-paws.


FEEDBACK FROM WORD WATCHERS - What new word would you like to add to the English language?

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      So funny and clever!

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      These lens are awesome ways of professionally enhancing one's vocabulary. Thanks


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