Category: Word trends and new words

Video: what does ‘pwn’ mean?

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New words from the wide world of pop culture

Pop culture has always been fertile territory for new words, ranging from television shows to 1980s films to Shakespeare. From Japanese manga to the world of professional wrestling, here are a few new words from the world of pop culture that have been added to MacGyver Although the television show MacGyver ended back in 1992, Angus […]

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Video: what is a ‘manic pixie dream girl’?

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From mic drops to manspreading: an Oxford Dictionaries update

NBD, but are you ready to fangirl over our dictionary update? Abso-bloody-lutely. We’ve got some awesomesauce new words – no, rly – that will inform and entertain whether you’re hangry or it’s already wine o’clock. Mic drop. Mic drops, awesomesauce, manspreading, and more Let’s pick that mic up again and check out some of the […]

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WordWatch roundup: minion, Kuiper belt, derecho, and Eid

minion The spike in lookups of the word minion – ‘a follower or underling of a powerful person, especially a servile or unimportant one’ – should surprise no one, given that the film Minions entered theaters a few weeks ago. The pill-shaped film ‘minions’, speaking a gibberish language and about the size of fire hydrants, […]

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The emergence of the ‘stan’

Introduced to the world by rapper Eminem on 4 December 2000, the character Stan appears in the song of the same name, which tells the story of an obsessive fan that emulates Eminem. Stan writes letters to Eminem begging him for his approval, friendship, and acknowledgement after his love for Eminem distorted his entire reality, and when he receives no response his letters become increasingly hostile until he finds himself so angry

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5 (yet more) words that are older than you think

In previous posts, we’ve revealed the surprisingly long histories of LOL, hip-hop, fanboy, unlike, flash mob, and more. With the recent discovery that twerk dates back as far as 1820, we’ve taken another look at words which are older than you think – even if the definitions are rather different in some cases. 1. Computer […]

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WordWatch roundup: austerity, SCOTUS, bigot, squib, and grand slam

This week’s WordWatch roundup includes ‘austerity’, ‘SCOTUS’, ‘bigot’, ‘squib’, and ‘grand slam’. The word ‘austerity’ has been a popular lookup due to the recent Greek economic turmoil. This sense of the word refers to ‘difficult economic conditions created by government measures to reduce public expenditure’.

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