New words for 2013

January 9, 2013

Happy 2013 everyone!

It’s a new year and, as well as reflecting on the year that’s gone by and what we want to focus on in the next 12 months, it’s often also a time for words to make their way into new editions of the dictionary.

Take a look at some of the new entries for 2013.

In the Oxford Online Dictionary

vajazzle: (verb, informal) Adorn the pubic area of (a woman) with crystals, glitter, or other decoration.

tweeps: (plural noun) A person’s followers on the social networking site, Twitter.

soul patch: (noun) A small tuft of facial hair directly below a man’s lower lip.

photobomb: (verb) Spoil a photograph (of person or thing) by suddenly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, usually as a prank or practical joke.

OH: (noun) A person’s wife, husband or partner (used in electronic communication). Are we meaning an abbreviation for ‘other half’ here, we wonder?

lifecasting: (noun) The practice of broadcasting a continuous live flow of video material on the Internet which documents one’s day-to-day activities.

micropig: (noun) A pig of a very small, docile, hairless variety, sometimes kept as a pet.

Also making the cut were the popular expressions: ‘ridic’, ‘lolz’, ‘mwahahahaha’, ‘date night’, ‘group hug’, and a few that now have additional meanings, ie: ‘douche’ which is an obnoxious, contemptible person, as well as a shower of water, and ‘ripped’, now officially acknowledged as an adjective for a muscular man.


The Merriam Webster Dictionary had a few new additions also…

flexitarian: (noun) One whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish.

sexting: (noun) The sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cellphone.

game changer: (noun) A newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way.

brain cramp: (noun) An instance of temporary mental confusion resulting in an error or lapse of judgement.

Also added were the terms: ‘f-bomb’, ‘bucket list’, ‘aha moment’ and ‘man cave’, as well as common phrases ‘energy drink’, ‘cloud computing’ and ‘craft beer’ which were given definitions in their own right…


What new words would you like to see added?

We’re wondering if the terms ‘blamestorming’ and ‘mouse potato’ (the online, wired generation’s answer to couch potato) might make an appearance at some stage…