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2010 Words in OED

10 New Words Added to the Oxford English Dictionary

Bromance and chillax may be on Lake Superior State University's 2010 list of words that should be banned, but the OED added them to its massive vault of words for the ages anyway.

Today the definitive tome added 39 words to its collection. Some seem right on (vuvuzela) while others sound like they've been stuck in the word-hopeful pile for years (wardrobe malfunction, buzzkill, chill pill), and most are sure to create controversy among people who get upset about words.

Here are 10 useful and ridiculous ones to know.

  • Catastrophizing: view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.
  • Overthink: think about (something) too much or for too long.
  • Matchy-matchy: excessively color coordinated.
  • LBD: little black dress
  • Frenemy: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
  • Cool hunter: a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends.
  • Bromance: a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
  • Exit strategy: a preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation.
  • Defriend: another term for unfriend (remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site).
  • Soft skills: personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.

Source: Flickr User Adventures in Librarianship

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Dark-Haired-Girl Dark-Haired-Girl 6 years
Read Gina Barreca's Words We Could Live Without - Courant.com http://bit.ly/h89VKE
lady-T lady-T 6 years
hahah they put LBD in the english dictioanry!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
While I understand a few of these terms being added to the list, I cannot believe "bromance" and "cool hunter" are included. I find those two terms insanely irritating and not yet worthy of a inclusion considering how shortly they have been around/used. Whenever I hear the term "frenemy" I cannot help but feel as if that would have been used in Orwell's "1984" world. I do not hate that word but I do refuse to use it as it comes off as odd.
jestergirl jestergirl 6 years
I agree with Amber. I also think that Webster's needs to start giving these new "words" a few years before they even remotely warrant going into the dictionary.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I'm actually surprised overthink wasn't already in there.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
marcied, because those colloquial expressions may appear in novels, films, etc from this era that are still watched in 100 years... and people will turn to the oed to find out what these strange phrases mean.
marcied23 marcied23 6 years
bromance...some of these terms seem more colloquial than actually warranting an entry in the dictionary, which I look to as more serious...why try to change their image now?
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
Cool.
French-Kiss French-Kiss 6 years
LBD ? Seriously ?
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