Much like the English language itself, the English dictionary is continually evolving and updating to meet the needs of our rapidly changing world. Did you know that the Oxford English Dictionary is updated four times a year? The new material added includes revised versions of existing entries and new words across the whole A to Z range. Unsurprisingly, popular culture and internet slang have contributed to many new entries over the years. Here is a selection of the newest totes cray cray words your old dictionary is missing.

Adorbs – Arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

Crowdfund – Fund a project or venture by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount, typically via the Internet.

G’day – Good day. Finally our old Aussie slang gets the recognition it deserves!

Humblebrag – An ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

Hyperconnected – Characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity.

Meh – Expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm.

Photobomb – Spoil a photograph of a person or thing by unexpectedly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke.

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

Staycation – A holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

Voluntourism – A form of tourism in which travellers participate in voluntary work, typically for a charity.

Webisode – An original episode derived from a television series, made for online viewing.


Here at Spellodrome, we don’t like standing still either. With over 10,000 words, our education team likes to think we’ve got the English language covered. If you notice any important words we may have forgotten, you can request a word through your teacher console. If the community agrees with you, it could appear in the Spellodrome Word Bank!