Neckbeard, FML, and 36 More Dumb Words Now in the Dictionary
Another year, another crop of culture-degrading internet slang legitimized by the lexicographical powers that be. Neckbeard, listicle, the abhorrent amazeballs, and 33 other nonwords have been added to OxfordDictionaries.com, alongside like, actual scientific discoveries such as olinguito (a small nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal living in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador) and pharmacovigilance (the practice of monitoring the effects of medical drugs after they have been licensed for use, especially in order to identify and evaluate previously unreported adverse reactions).
Make yourself a little stupider by checking out Oxford's new additions below. Oh, and quick public service announcement: Now that your mom can officially google the meaning of these words, they are OVER.
acquihire: (n.) an act or instance of buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff, rather than for the products or services it supplies.
air punch: (n.) an act of thrusting one's clenched fist up into the air, typically as a gesture of triumph or elation.
amazeballs: (adj.) extremely good or impressive; amazing.
baller: (n.) a successful person, typically one who has a lavish or self-indulgent lifestyle.
binge-watch: (v.) to watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.
brick: (informal) to cause a smartphone or other electronic device to become completely unable to function, typically on a permanent basis.
bro hug: (n.) another term for a man hug.
catfish: (v.) to lure someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.
clickbait: (n.) internet content, especially that of a sensational or provocative nature, whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.
cord cutter: (n.) a person who cancels or foregoes a pay television subscription or landline phone connection in favor of an alternative Internet-based or wireless service.
cotch: (British) to spend time relaxing.
cray: (adj.) crazy.
doncha: (contraction) don't you.
douchebaggery: (n.) obnoxious or contemptible behavior.
dox: (v.) to search for and publish private or identifying information about a particular individual on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.
e-cig: (n.) slang for electronic cigarette.
FML: (abbrv.) Fuck My Life, used to express dismay at a frustrating or irritating personal situation.
fratty: (adj.) characteristic of a student fraternity or its members (often with reference to rowdy behavior).
hench: (adj.) strong, fit, and having well-developed muscles.
hot diggity: (exclamation) used to express excitement or delight.
hot mess: (n.) a person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered.
hot mic: (n.) a microphone that is turned on, in particular one that amplifies or broadcasts a spoken remark that was intended to be private.
humblebrag: (n.) an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud.
ICYMI: (abbrv.) In case you missed it.
listicle: (n.) an article on the internet presented in the form of a numbered or bullet-pointed list.
live-tweet: (v.) to post comments about an event on Twitter while the event is taking place.
mansplain: (v.) when a man explains something to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
nailed on: (adj.) constituting a certainty; guaranteed to happen or definitely the case.
neckbeard: (n.) a man who is socially inept and physically unappealing, especially one who has an obsessive interest in computing.
pogonophobia: (n.) extreme dislike of beards.
side boob: (n.) the side part of a woman's breast, as exposed by a revealing item of clothing.
side-eye: (n.) a sidelong glance expressing disapproval or contempt.
SMH: (abbrv.) shake my head; used in electronic communication to express disapproval, exasperation, frustration, etc.
subtweet: (n.) on Twitter, a post that refers to a particular user without directly mentioning them, typically as a form of furtive mockery or criticism.
vape: (v.) inhale and exhale vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
WDYT: (abbrv.) what do you think; used in electronic communication.
YOLO: (abbrv.) you only live once; used to express the view that one should make the most of the present moment without worrying about the future, and often used as a rationale for impulsive or reckless behavior.
zonkey: (n.) the hybrid offspring of a donkey and a zebra.