Well, well, well. Looks like the Oxford Dictionary has finally caught on to some of our everyday queer slang!
Well, the Oxford Dictionaries Online at least, which tends to have a much lower barrier of entry when it comes to adding words. The latest additions? "Throwing shade" and "hot mess."
Editor Katherine Connor Martin said in a statement:
One of the advantages of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to explore how English language evolves differently across the world.
Naturally, many words are used in similar frequencies in the UK and US, for instance the informal additions ‘amazeballs’ and ‘neckbeard.’
However, some new slang and informal words catch on much more quickly in a particular variety of English-for instance, in our monitoring sample, ‘side boob’ is more than 10 times more common in the UK than in the US (although this is due in part to its frequent use in the British media), whereas ‘adorbs’ is used about four times more often in the US as in the UK.
Before you know it they'll be adding "glamazon."
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