Oxford Dictionaries Adds ‘Hangry’ and ‘Manspreading’

By Maryann Yin 

Oxford Hangry (GalleyCat)The team at Oxford Dictionaries has added approximately 1,000 new words to its website. Some of the new words include hangry, manspreading, fangirl, pwn, awesomesauce, and mic drop.

Fiona McPherson, senior editor at The Guardianfeels that these new slang words showcases the linguistic creativity of mankind. For now, dictionary users will only be able to find the new additions on the internet; they will not be appearing in the print edition.

Here’s an excerpt from the company’s blog post: “English often forms new words using existing suffixes, and the realm of food and drink shows several such innovations. From the –y ending comes cheffy (relating to, or characteristic of, a chef) and melty (melting or partially melted); from the –ery ending, we get cidery (a place where cider is made) and cupcakery (a bakery that specializes in cupcakes). The latter is a venue where you’re unlikely to have the option of cakeage, which is ‘a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake that they have not supplied themselves’, and another word created by the inclusion of a common suffix.” (via The Gothamist)