Four times a year the Oxford English Dictionary is updated to keep up with the ever-changing English language. This includes revising existing entries and, of course, adding new words that Oxford deem worthy of becoming part of the 600,000+ word family.

While there are many uneventful editions, there are many that will have you thinking “really?”. Here are some of the weirdest and wackiest words to be added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2016.


 

YOLO  

You only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behaviour)

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Krump

Dance to popular music, especially hip-hop, in a style characterised by rapid, exaggerated movements of the arms and legs.

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Glamping

A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.

Scrumdiddlyumptious

extremely tasty; delicious.

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Yogalates

A fitness routine that combines Pilates exercises with the postures and breathing techniques of yoga.

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Vlog

A blog in which the postings are primarily in video form.

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Bro-hug

A friendly embrace between two men.

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Phablet

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

ROFL

Rolling on the floor laughing (used to convey great amusement)

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Clickbait

(on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and encourage visitors to click on a link to a particular web page.

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‘Merica

America (used especially to emphasize qualities regarded as stereotypically American, such as materialism or fervent patriotism)

Slacktivism

Actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website or application.

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