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From Hangry to Mansplain

From Hangry to Mansplain

The English language is constantly evolving, and every year the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) adds new words to its reservoir to try to keep up with the latest lingo.  Last month, a new update introduced more than 1,100 words, senses, and subentries that have now become common in public discourse.

Among the new entries is "hangry," a word used as a combination of the feeling of being hungry and the subsequent experience of being angry. The precise definition for "hangry" as found in the OED is "bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger." While the word has become popular in more recent years, some of the earliest uses date back to as early as 1956.

Also included in the latest update is "mansplain." This term refers to the tendency of a man "to explain (something) needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly, esp. in a manner thought to reveal a patronizing or chauvinistic attitude." According to the OED, it has been used since 2008. 

Some other terms that are now included in the OED include "swag," "me time," "co-parenting," and "Disney." Here is the full list.

(Written by Kayleigh Fongers, student worker).

- Posted February 12, 2018 by Kathy DeMey (10:02 AM)