The Best 10 New Words from the New Oxford Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is considered by many to be the ultimate lexical resource for the English language. With about 600,000 words described over 22,000 pages, the OED is the authority for all vernacular matters. For the 2011 online edition of its dictionary, the Oxford University Press announced the inclusion of almost 2,000 new entries that clearly reflect our ongoing fascination with the global economic crisis, technology, social networking, and teen speak.

The ten best and most interesting neologisms in the new OED are:

Couch surfer: Formerly used to describe a trendy Generation X practice, couch surfing has become more common thanks to sluggish economic growth.

Dot-bomb: Somehow the current failures of dot-com enterprises aren’t as spectacular as they were in the late 1990s.

Ego-surfing: Searching your own name on Google used to be an ego booster for some people. The new ego-surfers boast their number of friends on Facebook and followers on Twitter.

Gremolata: You know that delicious condiment made of garlic, parsley, rosemary, sage, and lemon zest? Goes great with braised veal and risotto.

Heteronormative: Sometimes even old-fashioned social attitudes towards gender preference need new shiny terms.

LOL: According to the OED, it stood for “little old lady” back in the 1960s.

OMG: You know it had to make into the dictionary one day.

Rotoscope: This cool animation technique was patented back in the early 20th century, but it didn’t become well-known until Generation X icon Richard Linklater used it in his films.

Smack talk: No longer confined to AM talk radio and WrestleMania.

Tinfoil hat: Wearing one will not block the cringing effect left by the inclusion of certain words in the OED.


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