Connect with us


Oxford Dictionaries adds “Side Boob”, “Hot Mess”, “Throw Shade”



Oxford Dictionary - August 2014 - BN Words - BellaNaija.com01
Yes you read the headline right.

Britain’s Oxford University Press has approved some words for the Oxford Dictionaries after deeming them worthy of a dictionary entry.

A few of the words include side boob, hot mess, YOLO, throw shade, live-tweet, adorbs, amazeballs, bro hug, cray, hate watch, ICYMI, tech-savvy, time-poor and SMH.

Editor at Oxford Dictionaries Katherine Martin, said “These are words that are common enough that you are likely to encounter them, and may have to look up their meanings.”

Just in case if you think English language is declining, you may want to know that these words have been added only to the online edition.

Oxford explains that words added to the published dictionaries, require “much more historical, significant impact before adding them”

acquihire (n.): buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff.

adorbs (adj.): arousing great delight; cute or adorable.

air punch (n.): thrusting one’s clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph.

amazeballs (adj.): very impressive, enjoyable, or attractive.

anti-vax (adj.): opposed to vaccination.

binge-watch (v.): watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession.

bro hug (n.): a friendly embrace between two men.

clickbait (n.): (on the Internet) content whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

cray (adj.): crazy, but without that time-consuming extra syllable.

Deep Web (n.): the part of the World Wide Web that is not discoverable by means of standard search engines.

doncha (contraction): don’t you.

douchebaggery (n.): obnoxious or contemptible behavior.

e-cig (n.): another term for electronic cigarette.

fandom (n.): the fans of a particular person, team, series, etc., regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

fast follower (n.): a company that quickly imitates the innovations of its competitors.

5:2 diet (n.): a diet that involves eating normally for five days out of a seven-day period and greatly restricting the amount of food eaten on the other two days.

FML (abbrev.): (vulgar slang) f— my life! (used to express dismay at a frustrating personal situation).

hate-watch (v.): watch (a television program usually) for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking or criticizing it.

hot mess (n.): a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.

hot mic (n.): a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private.

humblebrag (n. & v.): (make) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

hyperconnected (adj.): characterized by the widespread or habitual use of devices that have Internet connectivity.

ICYMI (abbrev.): in case you missed it.

listicle (n.): an Internet article presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.

live-tweet (v.): post comments about (an event) on Twitter while the event is taking place.

mansplain (v.): (of a man) explain something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.

mud run (n.): an event in which participants negotiate a course consisting of obstacles filled or covered with mud.

neckbeard (n.): growth of hair on a man’s neck, especially when regarded as indicative of poor grooming.

Paleo diet (n.): a diet based on the type of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans.

second screen (n.): a mobile device used while watching television, especially to access supplementary content or applications.

sentiment analysis (n.): the process of computationally identifying and categorizing opinions expressed in a piece of text.

side boob (n.): the side part of a woman’s breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.

side-eye (n.): a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.

smartwatch (n.): a mobile device with a touchscreen display, worn on the wrist.

SMH (abbrev.): shaking (or shake) my head (used to express disapproval, exasperation, etc.).

spit take (n.): (especially as a comic technique) an act of suddenly spitting out liquid one is drinking in response to something funny or surprising.

subtweet (n.): (on Twitter) a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism.

tech-savvy (n.): well informed about or proficient in the use of modern technology.

time-poor (adj.): spending much of one’s time working or occupied.

throw shade (phr.): publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.

vape (v.): inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.

WDYT (abbrev.): what do you think?

YOLO (abbrev.): you only live once (expressing the view that one should make the most of the present moment).


  1. sadidy

    August 14, 2014 at 11:56 pm


  2. LL

    August 15, 2014 at 12:11 am

    These unnecessary abbreviation thing needs to STOP!!! I can try to understand “SMH” but “ICYMI”? #confusedface (Didn’t even know what it meant until I read now….smh). I just pity the younger/this generation because if care is not taken they will not able to construct and write a full sentence without using acronyms,

  3. liadi

    August 15, 2014 at 3:02 am funny

  4. H

    August 15, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Bella naija, I see what yu did there. Wink wink…lol

    • Ayo

      August 15, 2014 at 6:45 am

      looooool I was just about to say the same thing #Shadeoflife looool

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

      If you’re talking about what I think you’re talking about…. Yes oh, BN be feeling sly whilst throwing its own shade… Hehehe.

  5. Ib

    August 15, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I saw it too! BN is going straight to hell for throwing that shade. What a hot mess….lol

  6. Fashionistar

    August 15, 2014 at 5:39 am

    BN, you are so naughty! #hotmess

  7. Divada

    August 15, 2014 at 6:29 am

    This is CRAY, lol

  8. NiceAmina

    August 15, 2014 at 7:39 am


  9. bola

    August 15, 2014 at 7:50 am

    oxford forgot to add YBNL.

  10. @edDREAMZ

    August 15, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Mehn this is really serious…. Nice one though no doubt……

  11. Made

    August 15, 2014 at 8:37 am

    How about YABA – Yet Another Bloody Acronym..!

  12. SmashingM

    August 15, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Nice. But i think the “anti-vax” should have been “anti-Vac”.

  13. pearly cherub

    August 15, 2014 at 9:43 am

    [email protected] wat abt yaba…wat abt LAG…last age game

  14. Thatgidigirl

    August 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    So charlie boy is cray or hot mess? Lmao!

  15. ifeanyi

    August 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    live-tweet…like Twitter would be here forever!
    they should check what happened to hi5

  16. majek

    August 15, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    hot mic…hmmmmmm

  17. portia

    August 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    BN, good sense of humour…#throwingshadetins#

  18. sum1special

    August 19, 2014 at 10:19 am

    lmao bellanaija..i see you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Star Features