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10 Words in the Oxford English Dictionary Vault

10 Words Likely to Be Rejected by the Dictionary

Should "tanorexia" really be added to the Oxford English Dictionary? Probably not, even though it's been submitted for possible inclusion. Like the words that define a decade, many neologisms that seem very important at the time could sound quite silly later.

Hence, Oxford's "vault" full of words submitted for possible inclusion but not deemed worthy for the dictionary. Says OED senior assistant editor Fiona Mooring, "They are simply words that we have not included in our dictionary up until this point because we have not yet seen sufficient evidence of their usage."

With words like "tanorexia" and "flashpacking" (sounds dirty, but it's not), I'm guessing this list might overlap with the 10 words Lake Superior State University chooses annually to be banned for "misuse, overuse, and general uselessness."


Want to see the 10 words in the vault that will probably never leave? Keep reading.

  • Burqini: a swimsuit intended to comply with Islamic standards of modesty in dress
  • Cankle: thick ankle
  • Chimping: the action or practice of immediately reviewing each shot taken using a digital camera
  • Chin-strap: a type of beard, shaped in a narrow strip along the jawline
  • Clickjacking: the use of hidden buttons on a website to trick users into performing actions they do not intend, such as revealing personal information or switching on webcams
  • Faboosh: fabulous
  • Flashpacking: luxurious backpacking
  • Glamping: glamorous camping
  • Tanorexia: an obsession with getting a tan
  • Twetiquette: Twitter etiquette

Apparently, once a word is in the dictionary, it's there for all eternity, so let's hope these stay in the vault. Which of these do you find most offensive?

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amber512 amber512 7 years
I actually have never heard of any of these words before, besides cankle. And tanorexia maybe, sounds somewhat familiar.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
And to answer the posts question, "Faboosh" makes me cringe. I automatically think of Perez Hilton and how I used to enjoy his site before it was a Lady Gaga-only fan site.
le-romantique le-romantique 7 years
I actually posted on the original post by mistake earlier today. Those are all pretty annoying words, but one that I can't stand (due to its misuse) is "Legit" because the east coast hipsters misuse it all the time to make it slang, which I can't stand! It's different if its used correctly, but when people are like "that car is so legit!" I wonder why they are bragging about a "legal" car...
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
I've heard cankle used a lot, but not really any of these other ones. Glamping? Anyone who wants "glamorous" camping should NOT be camping at all. Roughing it is part of camping's glorious appeal!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
cankle is pretty legit!
dexaholic dexaholic 7 years
There are a few words I have never heard, and will definitely never use - faboosh, chimping, flashpacking and glamping - and I don't believe they belong in any sort of dictionary, aside maybe from The word I find most offensive is tanorexia, simply because I think people who over-tan are sort of gross.
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