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Oxford English Dictionary adds 'crap shoot,' 'bathroom break' and more

Oxford English Dictionary Adds Words 'Selfie,' 'Bathroom Break,' And Others

By Christian Nillsson

Every three months the Oxford English Dictionary announces words that will be added into its reference collection.

On Thursday, the OED added nearly 900 new words including "bathroom break," "beat boxer," "scissor kick" and a lot more that we can't exactly write here (scroll down and take a look in the 'C' section in the 'new words' area).

My favorite addition is "dead white male." A noun describing "a dead caucasian male writer, philosopher, etc., whose pre-eminence is challenged as disproportionate to his cultural significance, and attributed to a historical bias towards his gender and ethnic group."

Other words on the list include "bookaholic," "e-ticket," "do-over," and dozens of words that relate to honey.

The last update saw words like "twerk" and "selfie." Those useless words will be joined by the newly added "bestie."

Check out the full lists here:

New words

  • beatboxer, n.
  • bestie, n.
  • Blu-Tack, n.
  • Blu-Tack, v.
  • bookaholic, n.
  • book-building, n.
  • bookend, v.
  • bookwoman, n.
  • chugger, n.2
  • chugging, n.2
  • Coney dog, n.2
  • Coney Island, n.
  • coney, n.3
  • crap shoot, n.
  • cunnilingue, n.
  • cunted, adj.
  • cunting, adj.
  • cuntish, adj.
  • cunty, adj.
  • de Moivre, n.
  • death spiral, n.
  • Dem, n.1 and adj.
  • demo, n.3
  • demo, n.4
  • demo, v.
  • demobilized, adj. and n.
  • demodulated, adj.
  • demodulating, adj.
  • Demogorgonian, adj.
  • demonizing, n.
  • demonstre, v.
  • demosponge, n.
  • Demosthenical, adj.
  • demotivated, adj.
  • dichloromethane, n.
  • dichoreus, n.
  • dichotic, adj.
  • didact, n.
  • diotic, adj.
  • D-lock, n.
  • do-over, n.
  • down-ballot, adj.
  • E ticket, n.1
  • emics, n.
  • empath, n.
  • Empedoclean, adj.
  • empodium, n.
  • empowered, adj.
  • empowering, n.
  • empyemic, adj.
  • epistlar, adj.
  • epistropheus, n.
  • epistylium, n.
  • ere-done, adj.
  • ese, n.
  • etherizing, n.
  • Ethical Society, n.
  • Ethiopical, adj.
  • ethnobiology, n.
  • ethnobotanic, adj.
  • ethnohistoric, adj.
  • ethnomathematics, n.
  • ethnomedical, adj.
  • ethnomycology, n.
  • ethnonationalism, n.
  • ethnonationalist, adj. and n.
  • ethnopharmacologic, adj.
  • ethnopharmacological, adj.
  • ethnopoetics, n.
  • ethnopolitical, adj.
  • ethno-religious, adj.
  • ethnos, n.
  • ethnozoology, n.
  • ethoxide, n.
  • ethoxylate, n.
  • ethoxylated, adj.
  • ethoxylation, n.
  • etics, n.
  • Etnean, adj.
  • exfoliator, n.
  • hegemonial, adj.
  • hegemonicon, n.
  • hegemonism, n.
  • hegemonistic, adj.
  • hegemonize, v.
  • Herod, n.
  • herogram, n.
  • heroine-worship, v.
  • heronite, n.
  • hero-worshipping, adj.
  • hero-worshipping, n.
  • Hon'ble, adj.
  • hondle, v.
  • honest-like, adj. and adv.
  • honey bush, n.
  • honey trap, n.
  • Hong Kongese, n. and adj.
  • Hongkonger, n.
  • honing, n.2
  • honk, n.2
  • honk, v.2
  • Honkers, n.
  • honking, adj.2
  • honky-tonker, n.
  • honour code | honor code, n.
  • honouree | honoree, n.
  • Hons., n.
  • imperial purple, n. and adj.
  • imperialine, n.
  • impervium, n.
  • Miaphysite, adj. and n.
  • mitsuba, n.
  • monotic, adj.
  • Naqada, adj. and n.
  • Old Etonian, n. and adj.
  • over-under, n. and adj.
  • quadrupla, n. and adj.
  • Right Hon., adj. and n.
  • Rt. Hon., adj.
  • science fantasy, n.
  • sciency, adj.
  • scientific socialism, n.
  • scientific socialist, n. and adj.
  • scientifical method, n.
  • scientificality, n.
  • scientificness, n.
  • Scientological, adj.
  • scientometrics, n.
  • scillin, n.
  • scintilla juris, n.
  • scintiscan, v.
  • Sciotic, adj.
  • scissored, adj.
  • scissoring, adj.
  • scissor-kick, v.
  • sciurid, n. and adj.
  • semaphore signal, n.
  • shvitz, n.
  • shvitz, v.
  • sword and sorcery, n.
  • synesis, n.
  • syntactico-, comb._form
  • syntagmatics, n.
  • toilet-paper, v.
  • TP, n.
  • TP, v.
  • tropacocaine, n.
  • Tropicalia, n.
  • tropicalismo, n.
  • tropically, adv.2
  • tropilla, n.
  • vato, n.
  • wackadoo, adj. and n.
  • wackadoodle, n. and adj.

New subentries

  • aperture stop
  • assisted living
  • bathroom break
  • bee orchid
  • birth control pill
  • birth pill
  • boiled sweet
  • book bag
  • book clasp
  • book cloth
  • book collection
  • book contract
  • book corner
  • book critic
  • book designer
  • book editor
  • book fest
  • book festival
  • book group
  • book launch
  • Book of Hours
  • book of rules
  • book pocket
  • book publisher
  • book publishing
  • book reader
  • book report
  • book smarts
  • book squaring
  • book thief
  • book value
  • book voucher
  • book-build
  • booked out
  • booked up
  • booking agency
  • booking agent
  • booking fee
  • booking form
  • booking hall
  • book-loving
  • book-smart
  • book-to-bill ratio
  • brake light
  • butterfly cake
  • Cape honeysuckle
  • centre chief
  • centre chief point
  • cinder toffee
  • Columbian mammoth
  • Columbian mammoth white
  • constructive empiricism
  • constructive empiricist
  • cunt lapper
  • cunt-bitten
  • cunt-sucker
  • dead white European male
  • dead white European man
  • dead white male
  • dead white man
  • death angle
  • death assemblage
  • death benefit
  • death cell
  • death certificate
  • death cloth
  • death drive
  • death glare
  • death grip
  • death instinct
  • death notice
  • death penny
  • death stare
  • death sweat
  • death tax
  • death toll
  • death-bringer
  • death-feigning
  • death-fetch
  • death-giver
  • declarative memory
  • deep discount
  • democracy deficit
  • Democracy Wall
  • Democracy Wall Movement
  • democratic deficit
  • demographic transition
  • demon possession
  • demonic possession
  • demonstration disc
  • demonstration model
  • demonstrative adjective
  • demonstrative adverb
  • demonstrative determiner
  • demoware
  • dichoptically
  • dichroic fog
  • DIYer
  • DWF
  • DWM
  • DWM
  • emperor angelfish
  • emperor bream
  • emperor butterfly
  • emperor dragonfly
  • emperor of Japan
  • emperor tamarin
  • emperor-god
  • emphaticness
  • emphysemic
  • empire biscuit
  • Empire Games
  • Empire Marketing Board
  • Empire of the Rising Sun
  • empire of the sun
  • empirical philosopher
  • emplaced
  • employment counsellor
  • employment equity
  • employment figure
  • employment law
  • employment lawyer
  • employment legislation
  • employment office
  • employment protection
  • employment rate
  • employment rights
  • employment statistics
  • employment tribunal
  • employment visa
  • employment-related
  • empowerer
  • empty chair
  • empty net
  • empty promise
  • empty-eyed
  • empty-headedness
  • empty-netter
  • entrance pupil
  • episodic memory
  • epistomal
  • ethene oxide
  • ether drift
  • ether extract
  • etherified
  • etherifying
  • ethical dilemma
  • ethnobotanically
  • ethnocentrically
  • ethnomycological
  • ethnomycologist
  • ethyl fluid
  • ethyl nitrate
  • ethylene dibromide
  • ethylene dichloride
  • ethylic alcohol
  • ethylic ether
  • Eton fives
  • etymological dictionary
  • exotic fruit
  • explicit memory
  • file sharer
  • file sharing
  • formal language
  • guest of honour
  • HBCU
  • hero myth
  • hero's welcome
  • Heroes' Day
  • heroic fantasy
  • hondling
  • Honduras rubber
  • Honduras rubber tree
  • honey barge
  • honey bunny
  • honey crop
  • honey eucalypt
  • honey gum
  • honey jar
  • honey mustard
  • honey myrtle
  • honey parrot
  • honey pie
  • honey sac
  • honey sugar
  • honey tree
  • honey-blonde
  • honeycomb quartz
  • honeycomb rock
  • honeycomb-like
  • honey-covered
  • honeyfuggling
  • honey-glazed
  • honey-golden
  • honeymoon cystitis
  • honey-roast
  • honey-roasted
  • honey-scented
  • honey-skinned
  • honey-sweetened
  • honey-voiced
  • Hong Kong Chinese
  • honked off
  • honorary contract
  • honorary white
  • honour bound
  • honour guard
  • honour society
  • honourable ordinary
  • Honoured Society
  • honours system
  • honour-seeking
  • Hons. degree
  • imperial Amazon parrot
  • imperial blue
  • imperial eagle
  • imperial parrot
  • imperial roll
  • Imperial Tokay
  • Imperial Tokay wine
  • Imperial Wizard
  • implicit memory
  • left-click
  • lexical semantics
  • liminally
  • limit bag
  • limit case
  • limit order
  • limitation of liability
  • limited audit
  • limited-access
  • limited-stop
  • not to know what to do with oneself
  • one can do without
  • one cannot be doing with
  • one could do with
  • science experiment
  • science fair
  • science journal
  • science lab
  • science laboratory
  • science museum
  • science park
  • science professor
  • science-fictiony
  • science-led
  • science-oriented
  • science-related
  • scientific calculator
  • scientific creationism
  • scientific creationist
  • scientific journal
  • scientific Latin
  • scientific name
  • scientific racism
  • scientometric
  • scientometrical
  • sci-fier
  • scimitar oryx
  • scimitar-bill
  • scimitar-billed babbler
  • scimitar-horned oryx
  • scintillation cocktail
  • scirrhous cord
  • scissor-tailed flycatcher
  • semantic bleaching
  • semantic borrowing
  • semantic consequence
  • semantic field
  • semantic loan
  • semantic memory
  • semantic net
  • semantic network
  • semantic primitive
  • semantic web
  • speed limiter
  • sponge candy
  • syntactic consequence
  • syntactic-grammatical
  • syntactic-morphologic
  • syntactic-morphological
  • syntactic-phonologic
  • syntactic-phonological
  • syntactic-pragmatic
  • syntax error
  • TBH
  • to book in
  • to book out
  • to book up
  • to do off
  • to do over
  • to do with -
  • to do without -
  • to honk off
  • toilet accessory
  • toilet attendant
  • toilet bag
  • toilet chair
  • toilet cleaner
  • toilet cubicle
  • toilet facility
  • toilet furniture
  • toilet joke
  • toilet mirror
  • toilet mouth
  • toilet-papering
  • TPing
  • transcendental ego
  • transcendental self
  • trophic chain
  • trophic pyramid
  • tropical cyclone
  • tropical depression
  • tropical forest
  • tropical fruit
  • tropical island
  • tropical medicine
  • tropical rain
  • tropical rainforest
  • tropical storm
  • wild columbine
  • wood avens

New senses

  • breach, n.
  • button, n.
  • draw, v.
  • element, n.
  • emic, adj.
  • ferret, n.1
  • filter, n.
  • filter, v.
  • search, v.
  • shot-gun | shotgun, n.
  • sweet, adj. and adv.
  • tick-tock, n.
  • tone, v.

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jimcsc March 16 2014 at 10:49 PM

Ridiculous slang......SOME ARE DOWNRIGHT OFFENSIVE !!

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NoShark March 16 2014 at 3:26 PM

And when these temporarily popular references wear out? Are these sorts of impermanent language aerrations then removed? Are they updating things put in there previously, by removing them now that they are no longer the flavor of the moment?

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James NoShark March 16 2014 at 3:47 PM

The same thing that happened to a vast amount of Middle English terms like "Bawker" and "Apronman" (they remain and are noted as obsolete). The OED is the most comprehensive English dictionary, often consulted by scholars reading works composed during an earlier period of the English language. There is nothing to be gained by deleting such entries, but there is much to be lost.

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dws51564 March 16 2014 at 2:44 PM

LOL there is an awful lot of new ******** references in this update.

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rmlm89 March 16 2014 at 2:37 PM

Are you kidding me (dead white male) wow the attack on white Christian males in todays world is for real . We have to wake up and put a stop to this blatant racism. Maybe a class action law suit against Oxford English Dictionary for discrimination. Someone tell me why discrimination laws don't apply to racism against white males. And they wonder why there are so many angry white males in todays society , this is why.

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orion15stars rmlm89 March 16 2014 at 3:33 PM

That is hyterically funny. Normally humans are never white in skin color. You ludicrously presume that all Caucasian males embrace what you embrace for mythological faith belief

Shown off - racism and sectarianism neurotic bigoted paranoia. Not shown off yet - ethnocentricity, sexism and homophobia neurotic bigoted paranoia.

Any reputable civil and/or constitutional law judge would laugh your case out of court long before it went to trial. You would receive your summary judgment to that effect in the judge's own good time.


Neuroses, such as paranoia, can be successfully treated with long term psychological therapy, if the patients are willing to help with their own treatments. Anger is self-destructive, and eats alive the angry one from the inside out. Same with hatred. Didn't your Christ say anger is a deadly sin to your soul? I do know that is stated in the text of your mythological faith belief.

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rmlm89 orion15stars March 16 2014 at 4:18 PM

wow really now , Neuroses , paranoia long term psychological treatment . Your pretty bright aren't you. But you seem to miss the point . You sound like one of those liberal college professors that would fail their student for having conservative views.

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jaded7364 rmlm89 March 16 2014 at 4:16 PM

Agree. But if you look at violence in society, who's in the majority? Not white males. I believe there is what has been called reverse discrimination. There was the double standard for men and women and women achieved equality and won lawsuits for discrimination, but if you look at a white man/woman trying to get justice against a black majority, it's unheard of. My son-in-law is in a situation that is border-line discrimination. If he was a black man, the company would have been shut down or bankrupt. This discussion went to race really quickly and I pointed out that "twerk" and "do over" and other entries were more disturbing to me, but I see where you're coming from, definitely.

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orion15stars March 16 2014 at 2:27 PM

If people are still wondering what causes the destructive devolution of human brains, wonder no more. That article is a prime examle of how it is being deliberately done to nations. Rather than raising intellect up above non-human animal intellect, the preference for those, demanding to rule the world without opposition, have chosen to drastically devolve human intellect instead through language. Orwell was a genius, when he predicted in 1948, this would be the outcome of allowing the self-appointed elite to progandize entire nations with little to no opposition. That is exactly how Hitler took over Germany - propaganda and politics not bloody revolution. Orwell's fictional "1984" held far more genuine truth than fiction, because that centered on how Hitler and the Nazis were able to so easily take over an entire country with very little civil disorder or bloodshed. Almost the entire nation rapidly became a nation of propagandized zombies fed nothing but autocratically controlled Orwellian type Newspeak. "1984" was published less than 3 years after Germany and the balance of the Axis surrendered.

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Kevin Caldwell March 16 2014 at 2:27 PM

And they say I have too much time on my hands.

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STEPHEN March 16 2014 at 2:26 PM

The Mensa rejects are at it again, they've assembled and created this list of words and phrases rarely if ever used by the general public. I'm really tired of lazy simple minded fools making up and assembling words to suit themselves because they didn't pay attention in english class.

The worst part of it all, is that our society has permitted the lowest standards to become the normal expectation.

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orion15stars STEPHEN March 16 2014 at 3:49 PM

Those words are being used far too often throughout populations as easily picked up on the Internet in social media, which is why they were inserted. Certainly, not for any intelligent communication purposes, but inserted nevertheless.

I agree. Low expection goals result in low expections being the norm also known an intellectual devolution of population intellect. When only striving for mediocrity or less, that's all humans can ever expect as the norm.

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James orion15stars March 16 2014 at 4:02 PM

If you read the OED as an authority on words you should use, then you don't know the OED's purpose. It really is quite so simple as that. I've yet to meet someone consulting the OED who is doing so while simply "striving for mediocrity."

Also, plenty of intelligent, meaningful communication occurs through slang and other non-standard renditions of English. To say that it does not is simply not true.

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jgesselberty March 16 2014 at 2:22 PM

Too bad they don't realize that many of these are not words, but combinations of words, which on their own, explain the meaning, such as assisted living. Pathetic that this is shaping our usage.

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Aissa2 jgesselberty March 16 2014 at 3:12 PM

Pathetic that years from now, these now stamped for approval words will be obsolete.

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Darryl March 16 2014 at 1:46 PM

They have officially bastardized an already bastardized English language.

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oxytocin92115 March 16 2014 at 4:52 PM

dead white male, is an unfortunate thing, therefore included.
dead black guy is not listed. however optimal outcome will suffice in a pinch.

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