New Words Added to the English Dictionary in 2016

30/12/2016 20:42

So far in the year 2016, the Oxford English dictionary was updated 4 times (once for each quarter). According to, a total of 1, 200 new words have been added to the numerous already existing ones. Some of the words added revolve around internet activity, sexuality and a special tribute "Roald Dahl". 

It will also interest you to know that the word of the year 2016 is xenophobia.

Listing the 1,200 words will be a tedious job; but here are ten words that caught our attention. The new words included in the dictionary are:

1. YOLO: an acronym for You only live Once

2. Gender-fluid:not clearly or wholly male or female, unfixed gender identity

3. Clicktivism: the practice of signalling support for a political or social cause by means of the internet, through social media and online platforms.

4. Bracketology: the activity of predicting the participating teams in a tournament and the winners of a competition.

5. Moobs: usually prominent breasts on a man

6. Merica: America

7. Freemium: A business model especially on the internet where basic services are provided free of charge.

8. Non-apology: an insincere apology

9. Squee: representing a high squeaking sound produced by an animal, musical instrument. 

10. Dahlesque: Resembling or characteristics of the works of Roald Dahl