My Knee-Jerk Reactions To Oxford Dictionary’s 23 Newest Words

My Knee-Jerk Reactions To Oxford Dictionary's 23 Newest Words

In the Oxford University Press’s most recent release, they revealed 23 new words that are being added to (and not the physical dictionaries themselves, yet). While this doesn’t include any of the words I’m too old to be saying, it did give me a nice new slew of slang that you’ll find me dropping at dinner this weekend with my squad.

Damn it, that didn’t sound natural at all.

Anyway, onto the newest words, per Mashable.

Awesomesauce, adj.: (U.S. informal) extremely good; excellent

Most commonly used by the girl at the bar who is trying to act cooler than she is, “awesomesauce” makes everyone cringe the second it comes out of her mouth and immediately puts her in “don’t make eye contact with her or else you’ll be stuck in an hour-long conversation with her” territory.

Bants (also bantz), pl. n.: (Brit. informal) playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with another person or group; banter

For a brief moment, I was nervous that I had somehow missed this new hip slang before realizing it’s more for the Brit crowd that’s calling people “mental” and bundles of sticks “fags.”

Beer o’clock, n: an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer

The boss who is trying to get in with the interns walks into the cubicles, leans over the front row, and says, “Is it beer o’clock yet?” while biting his lower lip and doing a slight eyebrow raise.

blockchain, n.: a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly

Much like bitcoin itself, I’m going to drop this at happy hour in an attempt to make people believe that I fundamentally understand how bitcoins work. Which I don’t. And probably never will.

brain fart, n.: (informal) a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly

Shocking that this phrase wasn’t already on It’s almost like a bunch of old dudes were sitting around when someone said it and they all got a hearty laugh because of the word “fart.”

Brexit, n.: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union

“Hey EU, suck one, I’m brexiting.”

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

What I say when someone gchats me a long, drawn out story complaining about something that I have no affiliation with.

buttdial, v.: (U.S. informal) inadvertently call (someone) on a mobile phone in one’s rear trouser pocket

I still don’t actually understand how this can happen in a world where buttons don’t exist and no one puts their phone in their back pocket because it will get bent. And yes, I’m hoping Oxford will add “get bent” as a new term for getting drunk in 2016.

butthurt, adj.: (U.S. informal) overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful

Again, I’ve been using this since I was an 8-year-old. I recently said it in Texas and no one had any idea what I was talking about. Different world down here, man.

cakeage,n.: (informal) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves

Not sure who the gaudy assholes are that bring their own cakes to restaurants and pay the upcharge, but I love it.

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

This is on-par with bringing your dog to a bar, but a million times worse. These are probably all the rage in Portland and Seattle which is why I’ll never visit either because I’m still devastated Seattle isn’t exactly how Frasier portrays it.

fast-casual, adj.: denoting or relating to a type of high-quality self-service restaurant offering dishes that are prepared to order and more expensive than those available in a typical fast-food restaurant

Should be a way to describe how someone prematurely ejaculates during a one-night stand.

“Yeah, I fast-casual’d and had to get the hell out of there.”

fatberg, n.: a 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

Was anyone else letdown that this wasn’t a nickname for the goalie, Goldberg, from The Mighty Ducks?

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

Sometimes I wish someone would fat-shame me so I’d go to the gym. I went through the entire process of getting my keycard approved for the company gym only to not use it once.

Grexit, n.: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency)

If you can’t keep your country in business, you don’t deserve your own word. Plain and simple.

hangry, adj.: (informal) bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger

When I was little, I’d cry to my mom when we’d be at the mall because all I wanted to do was crush Sbarro at the food courts. Now? It’s me waiting in line to get seated at brunch. Some things never change.

MacGyver, v.: (U.S. informal) make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand

Finally, this legend gets some damn respect. If MacGyver wasn’t a major player in your morning routine as a kid, your parents were a couple of side salads with no balls.

manspreading, n.: the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats

Being allowed to show the world what you’re working with while simultaneously saving a seat? Man, I should’ve done this on my last Southwest flight.

mic drop, n.: (informal, chiefly U.S.) 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

Imagining a bunch of British white dudes sitting around coming up with that definition is why “smh” is a thing.

Mx, n.: a title used before a person’s surname or full name by those who wish to avoid specifying their gender or by those who prefer not to identify themselves as male or female

Not gonna touch this one. I’m not familiar enough with all of this yet and it’s just asking for trouble.

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

So essentially this is what Roger Dorn did when he told everyone to put away their video games.

skippable, adj.: (of a part or feature of something) able to be omitted or passed over so as to get to the next part or feature

Which is exactly what the word “skippable” actually is. Snooze City. Come on, Oxford Dictionary.

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

When there’s ice cubes, a set of Tervis Tumblers, and a bottle of sauvy b, it’s always wine o’clock, guys.

[via Mashable]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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