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2010 Words in the New Oxford American Dictionary

7 Surprising Additions to the New Oxford American Dictionary

There are so many dictionaries, it seems like any combination of letters could call itself a word, find an agent, and be accepted into one. Not a month ago the Oxford English Dictionary added 39 words to its centuries-old collection, and this week the New Oxford American Dictionary released its 2010 words.

Standards seem lower, but not much, for American dictionaries. There were a few crossovers between Oxford English and New Oxford American — bromance, social media, staycation, and vuvuzela — but also surprises all of America's own. They sound more like the Urban Dictionary than words befitting a respected dictionary with such a fine, glossy cover and Windows 95-looking graphics, yet here they are.

  • BFF: a girl's best friend
  • Gal pal: a female friend
  • Hockey mom: a mother who devotes a great deal of time and effort to supporting her children's participation in ice hockey
  • Hater: a person who greatly dislikes a specified person or thing
  • Lipstick lesbian: a lesbian who favors a glamorous, traditionally feminine style
  • Tramp stamp: a tattoo on a woman's lower back
  • Unfriend: to remove from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site
  • TTYL: talk to you later


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