New English Words

Oxford English DictionaryThe OED (Oxford English Dictionary) has added some new words to their famous publication, including:

  • bada-bing, int.
  • beer pong, n.
  • Disneyfication, n.
  • Emily’s List, n.
  • GIF, n.
  • treeware, n.

The OED is known for their inclusion of quotes that illustrate a word’s meaning:

For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry.

I wonder what they used for bada-bing.

By the way, if you have any interest in the English language, grammar, or writing, I highly recommend Simon Winchester’s books “The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary” and “The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary”.

Anyone wanna buy me The Oxford English Dictionary? Only $999 Canadian! That’s, what, 50 bucks American. Free shipping!

4 Replies to “New English Words”

  1. I saw a used 1933 edition (all 20 volumes) for sale at a book shop in Charlottetown (The Bookman, I think) many years ago for around $200. I try not to dwell over the regret of not buying it.

  2. my book vendor at the market has a two volume..mini oxford dictionary….I could lift it for her..and threaten to kick her out if she makes a fuss….ahhh the power…

  3. Here, I will use bada-bing in a sentence.

    I was walking down the street today, when suddenly, bada-bing, I kicked a guy in his nads.

    I find this kinda funny, but I have also had a bit too much to drink tonight :)

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