Chillax! There's a fresh new batch of words!
Remember vuvuzelas? Those obnoxious horns that buzzed endlessly during this year's soccer World Cup? Well now the plastic trumpet has earned a place in the Oxford Dictionary of English. Yes, God help us, vuvuzela is among 2,000 new words and phrases added to the third edition of the dictionary, which is compiled from analysis of two billion words used in everything from novels to internet message boards.
The credit crunch features heavily in this year's additions, with terms such as "overleveraged," having taken on too much debt and "quantitative easing," the introduction of new money in to the money supply by the central bank, among those included. "Staycation," a holiday spent in one's home country, and "bargainous," costing less than usual, also reflect the hot topic of belt-tightening among consumers during the economic downturn.
The rise of "social media," itself a new term, has spawned several additions, including "defriend," removing someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site, and "tweetup," a meeting organized via posts on Twitter. Other words include:
Bromance: a close but non-sexual relationship between two men
Buzzkill: a person or thing that has a depressing or dispiriting effect
Cheeseball: lacking taste, style or originality
Chillax: calm down and relax
Frenemy: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry
Interweb: the internet
Wardrobe malfunction: an instance of a person accidentally exposing an intimate part of their body as result of an article of clothing slipping out of position
So congratulations to all of the new words headed for the Oxford Dictionary. All of them, except for "Vuvuzela." I can't go there....