New Words Added to ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ Include “Fam” & “Tarantinoesque”

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The Oxford English Dictionary has gained 1,400 new words in a recent update, including words such as “fam,” “nothingburger,” and “backassward.”

The English language is evolving all the time, a process that has been accelerated by the internet and globalization. To keep up with this, the Oxford English Dictionary adds new words inspired by technological advances and taken from slang and colloquialisms, as well as updating the definitions of already existing entries. For example, the OED was updated in 2011 to reflect how we communicate online, adding “LOL” and “OMG.” FYI.

The dictionary’s latest update adds a number of adjectives familiar to anyone who studied film at college, including “Tarantinoesque” (for Quentin Tarantino-style movies) “Kubrickian” (Stanley Kubrick), “Spielbergian” (Steven Spielberg), “Capraesque” (Frank Capra), and “Altmanesque” (Robert Altman). Film-reference phrases such as “scream queen” (e.g. Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween) and “not in Kansas anymore” (from The Wizard of Oz) have also made the cut.

For the less highbrow among us, words such as “assless,” “backassward,” and “ass-fuck” (both verb and noun) are now officially in the dictionary.

The OED publishes four updates a year. The next update will be added in December 2018. Until then, check out the full list of new words here.

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