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Words invented since the beginning of the 21st century

Anyone know of any recently added words to the dictionary? Take a quick look at here:

"Muggle": added in 2003; (someone who doesn't possess a certain skill).
"Frenemy": added as of 2009, meaning a fake friend who's an enemy.
"Mouseover": was added back in 2013.

The term "staycation" was added in 2009 as well (something I was not at all aware of); it practically means a vacation at one's home.

Also, as a side fact, Mochacchino was added as a word in 2013!:D

What other words have been added to the dictionary since the start of the 21st century?

August 3, 2017



'Selfie' was added recently meaning a picture of oneself that they took themselves


I don't see how "ginormous" is only as recent as 2007. I've used and heard that word here in the UK since I was a kid (since the early~mid 90s). It's more natural to me than saying either enormous or gigantic. There's no way I'd call it a 21st century invention.


People used it so often as a real word when you were born that it was put into the dictionary in 2007


The word "ginormous" was added as a word in 2007, but it's use could have been a while before that year; a word is usually added to the dictionary once its common use is noted.

[edit: My apologies; another user has mentioned it was actually added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 1989]


Google Ngram viewer suggests it first popped up in print around 1945, but only really took off in the 1980s https://goo.gl/x2wZuA

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It's been in the Oxford English Dictionary since 1989, with a first recorded usage from 1942. I don't know which dictionary you're using but evidently it's a little behind the times :).



Has it actually? Thanks for telling me, I'll edit the discussion!


here is a list of new words i found

-acquihire (n.): Buying out a company primarily for the skills and expertise of its staff.

-amazeballs (adj.): Extremely good or impressive; amazing.

-anti-vax (adj.): Opposed to vaccination.

-binge-watch (v.): To watch multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming.

-bro hug (n.): Another term for man hug, or a friendly embrace between two men.

-catfish (v.): To lure someone into a relationship by adopting a fictional online persona.

-clickbait (n.): Internet content that is sensational or provocative, and whose main purpose is to attract attention and draw visitors to a particular web page.

-cray (adj.): Crazy.

-dox (v.): To search for and publish private or identifying information about someone on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

-e-cig (n.): Another term for electronic cigarette.


There is a popular idea that language is unchanging and that adding new words is "unnatural". So, I enjoy these kinds of posts. :)


Thanks for explaining this! Words are often added as new ones, and I found this topic a bit interesting.

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