Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Taking selfies while twerking off the food baby



It's new words time for Oxford Dictionaries Online and that means lots of media coverage for the new(ish) words that have been added to the dictionary. This is one of those areas of language change that often gets a good press (unlike other changes which tend to cause snorts of derision the press).

Here, Oxford Dictionaries Blog explain some of their new words, while The Guardian picks a few of them up in this piece and The Daily Telegraph has a look too. Elsewhere, twerking - recently popularised by Miley Cyrus, but disputed by several commentators - gets a more in depth look. My personal favourite so far (probably because I have developed a summer one of these) is food baby, which is defined as "a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy". Excuse me while I go and twerk it off.

1 comment:

David Nevin said...

Useful piece on Slate's culture blog http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/08/28/_twerk_and_selfie_added_to_oxford_english_dictionary_nope_and_stop_saying.html
outlining the difference between the OED and Oxford Dictionaries Online - a difference often ignored - presumably to "boost their article’s outrage factor". Still reeling from having watched the performance to see what all the fuss was about - and waiting for the ODO to list a term that comes close to the horror of that tongue...