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“Throwing Shade,” “Hot Mess” Added To Oxford Dictionary.


The Oxford Dictionary has caught up with RuPaul’s Drag Race and added “throwing shade” to its online reference, which receives more than two million hits a month. Other terms included in the most recent update include “cray,” “side-eye” and “adorbs.”

Technically, this is the more progressive Oxford Dictionaries. Editors of the 157-year-old, 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary require words to have much more historical usage and impact before adding them.

Editor Katherine Connor Martin said in a statement:

One of the advantages of our unique language monitoring programme is that it enables us to explore how English language evolves differently across the world.

Naturally, many words are used in similar frequencies in the UK and US, for instance the informal additions ‘amazeballs’ and ‘neckbeard.’

However, some new slang and informal words catch on much more quickly in a particular variety of English-for instance, in our monitoring sample, ‘side boob’ is more than 10 times more common in the UK than in the US (although this is due in part to its frequent use in the British media), whereas ‘adorbs’ is used about four times more often in the US as in the UK.”


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