Abuja – Britain’s Oxford University Press said it has added new words to its online Oxford Dictionaries to reflect new language trends.
According to OxfordDictionaries.com August update, some of the words include catfish, side boob, side-eye, neckbeard, hyberconnected, air punch, bare, baller, fratty, hench, bedroom tax and pharmacovigilance.
Others are abbreviation such as WDYT, meaning What Do You Think?, and YOLO, meaning You Only Live Once.
“These are words that are common enough that you are likely to encounter them, and may have to look up their meanings,” said Oxford Dictionaries editor, Katherine Martin, in its August online updates.
She added that such new entries are informal words or abbreviations that reflect people’s changing media consumption habits and the Internet’s ever-increasing prominence.
Martin said inclusion in the online dictionary does not mean the words will become permanent additions to the English language.
“Many may not make it into the more traditional Oxford English Dictionary.
“For some of these, we will say ‘What was that?’ in a decade; others may become the next selfie,” she said, referring to last year’s most popular new entry.
“The English-speaking public will choose,’’ she said. (NAN