The recent coverage of the inclusion of Twerking in Oxford Dictionaries’ latest online update showed just how much people genuinely care about the state of English and the words that we use.
But lexicography moves on, and the guardians of the Oxford lists are already looking at what the next new words to be included might be.
In an exclusive interview, Wordability spoke to Fiona McPherson, Senior Editor, Oxford Dictionaries, who revealed some of the words which are currently being tracked by lexicographers and which may be the ones which feature prominently in updates of the future. You can watch the full interview here:
So to summarise, the words she selected are:
Bacne – basically, acne on your back
Hatewatch – an old Wordability favourite, first identified last year. The practice of watching something you really don’t like, and chatting to your friends about it while hating it.
Dosant – a cross between a doughnut and a croissant
Legsie – hot on the heels of Selfie’s recent inclusion, a photograph you take of your own legs. One can only imagine where this will end, but politeness means I will decline to suggest it
Appisode – an online episode of a television show
Phubbing – one of the great new words of this year, a personal favourite and one which has already entered everyday use in my household. Phone snubbing, using your smartphone when you are supposed to be talking to someone else
Nocialising – See above
Meme – not a new word, but a new sense, as Meme, a cultural idea which passes from person to person, now starts to become a verb
Lolarious – LOL branches out into its own verb. Not sure what David Cameron’s version would become.
So that’s the latest list – now we sit back and wait to see which of them finally makes it all the way through the selection process.