New words in the Oxford English Dictionary

 

At the end of August 2015 it was reported that the Oxford English Dictionary had added over 1,000 new words, American and British English being the main sources. 

 

Below are ten examples and three possible meanings. Can you choose the correct meanings?

 

1. Awesomesauce

a) extremely good; excellent

b) attractive woman both visually and mentally

c) particularly excellent variety of ketchup

 

2. Bants (also bantz)

a) going for a walk (from canter, replacing the 'c' for 'b' as in big)

b) big pants (oversized trousers)

c) playful words, sometimes teasing between people (from the word banter)

 

3. Beer o’clock

a) an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer

b) a public house

c) an invitation to drink beer

 

4. Brain fart

a) a moment when you forget what you were doing

b) a burp/belch

c) a normal fart, but used as an insult (when people describe people's brains as being in their bottoms)

 

5. Brexit

a) to quickly go out (as in Brief exit)

b) a term used to describe the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union

c) an acronym for Boring Rubbish, Ever Existing In Television (used to describe the fact that there are too many reality shows on TV)

 

6. Cakeage

a) a cake factory

b) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves

c) a time to serve cake

 

7. Fatberg

a) a very fat person in a small space who you have to walk  (or squeeze) past

b) a large slice of cake (from battenburg, a kind of cake)

c) a very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system

 

8. Hangry

a) to be irritable because you are hungry

b) a word to describe a lot of empty clothes hangers in your closet/wardrobe

c) a place where everything is on hooks

 

9. Manspreading

a) a man who is getting fatter

b  a man who sits with his legs wide apart in a way that he takes up two seats

c) a sunbathing fat man

 

10. Pocket dial

a) to accidently call someone on a mobile in your pocket due to accidentally pressing buttons

b) to steal a mobile phone

c) someone who has more than one mobile phone (and in many pockets)

And the answers...

New words in the Oxford English Dictionary: Answers

(Answers are in bold.)

 

1. Awesomesauce

a) extremely good; excellent

b) attractive woman both visually and mentally

c) particularly excellent variety of ketchup

 

2. Bants (also bantz)

a) going for a walk (from canter, replacing the 'c' for 'b' as in big)

b) big pants (oversized trousers)

c) playful words, sometimes teasing between people (from the word banter)

 

3. Beer o’clock

a) an appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer

b) a public house

c) an invitation to drink beer

 

4. Brain fart

a) a moment when you forget what you were doing

b) a burp/belch

c) a normal fart, but used as an insult (when people describe people's brains as being in their bottoms)

 

5. Brexit

a) to quickly go out (as in Brief exit)

b) a term used to describe the possibility of the UK leaving the European Union

c) an acronym for Boring Rubbish, Ever Existing In Television (used to describe the fact that there are too many reality shows on TV)

 

6. Cakeage

a) a cake factory

b) a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake they have not supplied themselves

c) a time to serve cake

 

7. Fatberg

a) a very fat person in a small space who you have to walk  (or squeeze) past

b) a large slice of cake (from battenburg, a kind of cake)

c) a very large mass of solid waste in a sewerage system

 

8. Hangry

a) to be irritable because you are hungry

b) a word to describe a lot of empty clothes hangers in your closet/wardrobe

c) a place where everything is on hooks

 

9. Manspreading

a) a man who is getting fatter

b  a man who sits with his legs wide apart in a way that he takes up two seats

c) a sunbathing fat man

 

10. Pocket dial

a) to accidently call someone on a mobile in your pocket due to accidentally pressing buttons

b) to steal a mobile phone

c) someone who has more than one mobile phone (and in many pockets)

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