My friend S recently told me that the interjection “add oil” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. “Add oil” or 加油, pronounced GA you in Cantonese, can be roughly translated as “go, go, go!”– an encouragement to someone in a sport completion, for example.
The English language has just over one million words. The number has always been gradually increasing, as more people are speaking it, coining new words for new environments, which together with technological progress necessitates the creation of even more vocabulary. The following are officially English words, at least according to the Oxford Dictionary. So if you are
a nerdy wordie, read on:
Oxford dictionary definition: A form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.
Origin: Early 21st century: blend of glamorous and camping.
Oxford definition: A large cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle.
Oxford definition: Powdered green tea leaves, dissolved in hot water to make tea or used as flavouring.
Origin: Japanese, from matsu ‘to rub’ + cha ‘tea’, from Chinese (Mandarin dialect) chá (see tea).
Oxford definition: Tight-fitting stretch trousers for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans.
Origin: Early 21st century: blend of jeans and leggings.
Oxford definition: A tight-fitting crop top with thin straps.
In U.S.: An unlined bra without underwires or a clasp.
Origin: 1950s (with reference to a corset-like bra): from bra + -let.
Oxford definition: A high-capacity transmission technique using a wide range of frequencies, which enables a large number of messages to be communicated simultaneously.
Oxford definition: Able to be heard.
In American Football: A change of playing tactics called by the quarterback at the line of scrimmage.
Origin: Late 15th century: from late Latin audibilis, from audire ‘hear’.
Oxford definition: A colleague or friend.
As a noun in the U.S.: short for opposition research
Origin: 1930s: abbreviation of opposite number.
Oxford definition: Spend time using the social networking website Facebook.
Origin: Early 21st century: from Facebook, the proprietary name of the social networking website.
Oxford definition: As a combining form – Denoting an outstanding or supreme example of a particular kind of person or thing.
Origin: German über ‘over’, after Übermensch.
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