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20 Most Unexpected Words Added in Oxford Dictionary Update

The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday

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    Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word.

    The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transport who splay their legs wide apart and encroach on neighboring seats. It's now been added to OxfordDictionaries.com.

    The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update Thursday of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language. Here's a sampling from the list:

    • awesomesauce, a.: extremely good; excellent

    bruh, n.: a male friend (often used as a form of address)

    butt dial, v.: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket

    cat cafe, n.: a café or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises

    fatberg, n.: very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets

    fat-shame, v.: cause (someone judged to be fat or overweight) to feel humiliated by making mocking or critical comments about their size

    fur baby, n.: a person’s dog, cat, or other furry pet animal

    • hangry, a.: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger

    manic pixie dream girl, n.: (especially in film) a type of female character depicted as vivacious and appealingly quirky, whose main purpose within the narrative is to inspire a greater appreciation for life in a male protagonist

    • mic drop, n.: an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive

    mkay, excl.: non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation)

    rage-quit, v.: (informal) angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating, especially the playing of a video game

    Redditor, n. a registered user of the website Reddit

    rando, n.: a person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour

    social justice warrior, n.: (informal, derogatory) a person who expresses or promotes socially progressive views

    snackable, adj.: (of online content) designed to be read, viewed, or otherwise engaged with briefly and easily

    spear phishing, n.: the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information

    swatting, n.: the action or practice of making a hoax call to the emergency services in an attempt to bring about the dispatch of a large number of armed police officers to a particular address

    weak sauce, n.: something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality

    wine o’clock, n.: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine