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What were your top dictionary look-ups of the last three months?

Every so often, as part of our search monitor series, we take a look at the most looked-up words on Oxford Dictionaries Online over a certain period. Here, our list spans August to October of this year to show you which were the most popular words of the last few months.

Hella ridic new lookups

Our August quarterly update proved the source of many dictionary look-ups these past few months, with vajazzle, mwahahaha, lolz, OH, and genius all appearing in the top 100 most looked-up words. Several other words from the August 2012 update were also in the top 500.

The list was not without its surprises! If you like a blend of culture (number 5) and technology (number 11) mixed in with the art (number 15) of perception (number 16), you might be a Whovian (number 9). Or you might just have an interest (number 362) in spending your time (number 252) researching (number 22) words.

What was the most looked-up word between August and October?

Lepak. As a verb, it means to ‘spend one’s time aimlessly loitering or loafing around’, and derives from the Malay lepa meaning ‘lazy’. The fact that ‘lepak’ is in our dictionary garnered a lot of attention on social media sites recently, leading to a significant spike in look-ups.

The second most looked-up word was ‘pleb’, which probably had something to do with October’s ‘plebgate’ scandal that prompted us to publish a blog post about the increased popularity of the word.

Explore for yourself

Below is a word cloud containing the top 300 most looked-up words on Oxford Dictionaries Online. Hover over the words to find out more or click on the words to be taken to the dictionary entry. Click on the refresh button to discover more of your top looked-up words.

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