Surprising Words You Won’t Believe Were Added to the Dictionary

The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words on a regular basis to reflect new cultural phenomena.

Some of these words may have seemed silly at first but slowly worked their way into everyday conversation. Some of them are just silly, period.

Here are some surprising words that somehow made it into the dictionary.


“Bro hug”

Definition: a friendly embrace between two men.


“YOLO”

Definition: “You only live once;” used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior).


“Adorbs”

Definition: arousing great delight; cute or adorable.


“Selfie”

Definition: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.


“Fuhgeddaboudit”

Definition: forget about it (used to indicate that a scenario is unlikely or undesirable).


“Yas”

Definition: expressing great pleasure or excitement.


“Gaydar”

Definition: the supposed ability of homosexuals to recognize one another by means of very slight indications.


“Phablet”

Definition: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.


“Glam-ma”

Definition: a glamorous grandmother, especially one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious.

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