30 words you won’t believe were added to the dictionary in the last decade

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“Selfie” is a real word in the dictionary now.
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  • The Oxford English Dictionary is constantly adding new words and some new additions may come as a surprise.
  • Fans of “The Sopranos” will be happy to see “Fuhgeddaboudit” in the dictionary.
  • Words like “vom” and “bridey” may raise some eyebrows.
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The Oxford English Dictionary adds new words on a regular basis to reflect new cultural phenomena.

Some of these words may have seemed silly at first but slowly worked their way into everyday conversation. Some of them are just silly, period.

Here are 30 surprising words that somehow made it into the dictionary.


“Bae”

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Salt bae works his magic.
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Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Definition: A boyfriend or girlfriend; a romantic or sexual partner. Originally and chiefly as a term of endearment or affectionate form of address.


“Bridey”

Definition: Like a bride; resembling that of a bride.


“Dumpster fire”

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A dumpster burning during a protest.
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Ahmed Jadallah/Reuters

Definition: A fire in a dumpster.


“Jerkface”

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Jerkface might be used in a heated argument.
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Dean Drobot/Shutterstock

Definition: An irritating, despicable, or contemptible person. Chiefly as a term of abuse.


“Noob”

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New to the game.
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Cate Gillon / Getty Images

Definition: Originally and often in online contexts: a person new to or inexperienced in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or video games.


“Schmoozefest”

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Cocktail parties can be schmoozefests.
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Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

Definition: An event, meeting, etc, involving a great deal of schmoozing, especially one at which people chat in an ingratiating or insincere way.


“Spit take”

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Stephen Colbert does a spit take in Washington DC in 2010.
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Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

Definition: An act of suddenly spitting out the liquid one is drinking as a reaction to something surprising or funny, especially as a technique in comedic acting.


“Twittersphere”

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People using Twitter.
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Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo/File Photo/Reuters

Definition: The notional environment in which people use the social networking service Twitter; such people considered collectively.


“Bro hug”

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A bro hug.
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Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

Definition: a friendly embrace between two men.


“YOLO”

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Because YOLO.
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PomInOz/Shutterstock

Definition: “You only live once;” used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future (often as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior).


“Adorbs”

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An adorable kitten.
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Photo by Wang He/Getty Images

Definition: arousing great delight; cute or adorable.


“Selfie”

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Taking a selfie with Queen Elizabeth.
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Peter Macdiarmid / Getty

Definition: a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and shared via social media.


“Fuhgeddaboudit”

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The Sopranos.
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HBO

Definition: forget about it (used to indicate that a scenario is unlikely or undesirable).


“Yas”

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Yaaas, Gaga.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Definition: expressing great pleasure or excitement.


“Vom”

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In other words, vomit.
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michaelheim/Shutterstock

Definition: vomit.


“Gaydar”

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New York Pride.
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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Definition: the supposed ability of homosexuals to recognize one another by means of very slight indications.


“Phablet”

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A “phablet.”
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Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock

Definition: a smartphone having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer.


“Glam-ma”

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Designer Betsey Johnson is a glam-ma.
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Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Definition: a glamorous grandmother, especially one who is relatively young or fashion-conscious.


“Worstest”

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Getting a ticket is the worstest.
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Shutterstock

Definition: worst in emphatic use.


“Dance-off”

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“Napoleon Dynamite” having a dance-off with himself.
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Fox Searchlight Pictures

Definition: a competition, or a round in a competition, in which a number of dancers compete against each other until a winner is declared.


“Emoji”

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The emoji featured on WhatsApp.
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Edoardo Maggio/Business Insider

Definition: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc.


“Bestie”

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Obama and Biden are besties.
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White House/Pete Souza

Definition: a person’s best friend.


“Bookaholic”

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You can never have too many books.
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Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Definition: a habitual and prolific reader; a compulsive book buyer.


“Twerk”

Definition: dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.


“Vlog”

Definition: a personal website or social media account where a person regularly posts short videos.


“Glamping”

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Not your average tent.
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Business Insider

Definition: a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.


“Hangry”

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People get cranky when they haven’t eaten.
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Savanna Swain-Wilson

Definition: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.


“Binge-watch”

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Just one more episode.
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Shutterstock

Definition: to watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.


“Puggle”

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Too cute for words.
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Elizabeth Winterbourne/Shutterstock

Definition: a dog that is a cross-breed of a pug and a beagle.


“MacGyver”

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“MacGyver” was a popular show in the ’80s.
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ABC

Definition: to construct, fix, or modify something in an improvised or inventive way, typically by making use of whatever items are at hand.