Oxford Adding ‘Butthurt,’ ‘Hangry,’ and ‘Barbacoa’ to the Dictionary
The Oxford English Dictionary is one of the most honored and respected dictionaries in the world. It's not easy for just any word to get in there.
But they also have an offshoot called the Oxford Dictionaries that adds modern words, mostly tech and Internet terms, slang words and pop culture references -- words that might get into the main Oxford English Dictionary one day.
It was that spin-off dictionary that added new words this week. Below is a selection of some of those modern words that made the cut this year, including definitions.
● awesomesauce (adjective): extremely good; excellent
● barbacoa (noun): (in Mexican cooking) beef, lamb, or other meat that has slowly been cooked with seasonings, typically shredded as a filling in tacos, burritos, etc.
● beer o’clock (noun): an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer
● brain fart (noun): a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly
● butthurt (adjective): overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful
● fat-shame (verb): cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size
● hangry (adjective): bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
● MacGyver (verb): make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand
● mic drop (noun): an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive
● weak sauce (noun): something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality