‘Lolcat’ and ‘man crush’ become official Oxford Dictionary terms

Cats on the web are the inspiration behind one of the words added to OxfordDictionaries.com. ©vvvita/Shutterstock.com

Cats on the web are the inspiration behind one of the words added to OxfordDictionaries.com. ©vvvita/Shutterstock.com

Are you concerned about your digital footprint? Or the amount of time you spend looking at Lolcats? You’re not the only one – Oxford Dictionaries has added both terms to its online dictionary in its largest ever quarterly update.

A total of 1,000 new entries have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, offering an interesting insight into the changing landscape of the English language.

New official vocabulary includes the aforementioned “digital footprint” and “lolcat”, in addition to the adjective “mahoosive”, a variation on the word “massive”.

Busy office workers will already be familiar with the term “al desko”, which means eating in front of your computer, while selfie fans will be delighted to see the pouty expression “duck face” included in the list.

“Well jel” (jealous), “man crush” (an “intense and typically non-sexual admiration felt by one man for another”), and “five-second rule” (a nifty concept meaning that it is socially acceptable to eat food dropped on the floor for that amount of time or less) also made the cut.

Abbreviations were also big news this quarter, with IDC (“I don’t care”), PMSL (“pissing myself laughing”) and WTAF (“what the actual f*ck”).

“One of the benefits of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to track in detail how English language evolves over relatively short periods of time,” says Judy Pearsall, Editorial Director for Oxford Dictionaries, on the Oxford Dictionaries blog. “For instance, in this age of the selfie perhaps it’s no surprise that average monthly usage of the term duck face is 35% higher in 2014 than it was last year.” – AFP/Relaxnews

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