Stay Woke, America
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Fellow word nerds – The Oxford English Dictionary just released its quarterly update, meaning more than 600 words and phrases have been added. And this update does not disappoint.
Among the top picks:
Hygge (noun and adjective) – That word you’ve seen your blogger friends use to caption an Instagram shot of a mug of coffee and festive cozy socks. A Danish term meaning “a quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being.” More on it here.
Post-truth (adjective): Oxford’s 2016 “Word of the Year” defined with two definitions, the most recent being “Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping political debate or public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” I wish I had more to say but I still don’t quite understand the meaning of this one.
Woke – Though originally defined as “awake,” the term “woke” began to take on new meaning by the mid-20th century, according to the OED. You may have heard this word being used by millennials on Twitter and as TIME notes, the term has been embraced by the Black Lives Matter movement in recent years. The definition is “Originally: well-informed, up-to-date. Now chiefly: alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice; frequently in stay woke (often used as an exhortation)”
Thing (noun) – The word “thing” has taken on a new meaning in the past two decades, as OED says. Now the word can officially be used to mean, “a genuine or established phenomenon or practice.” As in, “is that really a thing?”
Swimmer (noun): a sperm. LOLZ.
See the full list of added words here.
Posted by Erin D.