New Words for the Oxford English Dictionary

Words off a pageLanguage is a very fluid concept with our lexicon expanding each year.  Here are a few words and their meanings that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015…

batchmate (n.) A classmate.

chiffonade (v.) – A preparation of shredded or finely cut leaf vegetables, used as a garnish for soup.

freegan (adj. and n.)A person who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods: there is a need for more freegans in our wasteful society.  Early 21st century: blend of free and vegan.

homo economicus (n.) – A hypothetical person who manages his or her private income and expenditure strictly in accordance with rational self-interest, with no regard to the welfare of others.

hot mess (adj.)one whose thoughts and appearances are in a state of disarray but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness or beauty.

internegative (n.)photography: A second negative of an image made from the original negative.

nanosize (adj.) – Having dimensions of only a few nanometres: the surface of a lotus leaf is dotted with nanosized wax particles.

shirtfront (v.) – (In Australian Rules) charge into the chest of (an opponent), typically so as to knock them to the ground:he shirtfronted a Collingwood player in front of the Ryder Stand at Victoria Park.

twerk (n.)a twisting or jerking movement; a twitch. – First known use was 1820!  The modern meaning that we know today: a dance move, is still technically correct.

Check out the entire list and see how many you are familiar with and use in every day language.

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