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2010 Words in the New Oxford American Dictionary

7 Surprising Additions to the New Oxford American Dictionary

There are so many dictionaries, it seems like any combination of letters could call itself a word, find an agent, and be accepted into one. Not a month ago the Oxford English Dictionary added 39 words to its centuries-old collection, and this week the New Oxford American Dictionary released its 2010 words.

Standards seem lower, but not much, for American dictionaries. There were a few crossovers between Oxford English and New Oxford American — bromance, social media, staycation, and vuvuzela — but also surprises all of America's own. They sound more like the Urban Dictionary than words befitting a respected dictionary with such a fine, glossy cover and Windows 95-looking graphics, yet here they are.

  • BFF: a girl's best friend
  • Gal pal: a female friend
  • Hockey mom: a mother who devotes a great deal of time and effort to supporting her children's participation in ice hockey
  • Hater: a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing
  • Lipstick lesbian: a lesbian who favors a glamorous, traditionally feminine style
  • Tramp stamp: a tattoo on a woman's lower back
  • Unfriend: to remove from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site
  • TTYL: talk to you later


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sunnyheart sunnyheart 5 years
People think these words are garbage, but older people still use and want current dictionaries! My grandfather is very self-reliant, and I remember when he called my mother, frustrated, because blog wasn't in the dictionary. If they're on the news, in magazines, why shouldn't they be in dictionaries? Older people want to know what they mean.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
Ugh... I'm so glad I still have my dad's 1960 edition... the words that they added since then are pretty much garbage!
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 5 years
I'm iffy about chat/text abbreviations being substantial enough to make it in the dictionary. I know they're commonly used, but... I don't know. Can't they have their own separate dictionary? However, I do know that "BFF" has been an abbreviation way before texting or the internet took off. I remember BFF being on best friend charms and stuff when I was still quite young (before texting and internet). I'm with Betty Wayne that "lipstick lesbian" should have been in there a long time ago!
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 5 years
Lipstick Lesbian! It's about damn time that one made it into the dictionary! http://belladonna.org/lipsticklesbian.html
kea718 kea718 5 years
BFF... Last I checked that meant Best Friend Forever...If TTYL is Talk To You Later, then BFF should be Best Friend Forever.... But seriously, neither one of those should be in the Dictionary, neither should Tramp Stamp. What a joke.
Sundaydrive Sundaydrive 5 years
I don't really feel like the Oxford American Dictionary is the place for chat abbreviations. And I've never heard the term lipstick lesbian, and I find that to be a very odd choice for the dictionary.
minxa25 minxa25 5 years
odd
minxa25 minxa25 5 years
odd
stephley stephley 5 years
Sounds like the editors are afraid of being seen as uncool. :oy:
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