“Manspreading” Added to Online Dictionary

Manspreading“Manspreading” is a common sight on public transport.

Source: BBC, August 28

The act of “manspreading”, or sitting with legs wide apart on public transport, is among 1,000 new words to enter the online Oxford dictionary. OxfordDictionaries.com issues quarterly updates on current definitions of English words. Other new entries include Grexit, Brexit, hangry, beer and wine o’clock and NBD – meaning “no big deal.”

Oxford Dictionaries said the addition of multiple slang words showed “creative” use of language. New words and phrases are added to the website once editors have enough independent evidence to be confident of their widespread currency in English. However, they do not gain an entry into the Oxford English Dictionary unless there is a demonstration of continued historical use.

According to Oxford Dictionary’s language monitoring service, hangry has seen its usage increase since 2012, with a spike in April 2014 connected to an American study about low glucose levels making people cross.

New online dictionary entries:

Bants – short for banter

NBD – abbreviation of no big deal

Hangry – adjective used to show feelings of anger or irritability as a result of hunger

Grexit and Brexit – the potential departure of the UK and Greece from the EU

Awesomesauce – to describe something as excellent

Weak sauce – anything of a poor or disappointing standard

Bruh – describing a male friend

Pocket dial – to accidentally call someone while your phone is in a pocket

Mkay – the informal pronunciation of OK


2 responses to ““Manspreading” Added to Online Dictionary

  1. Is “mansplaining” in yet? That’s the tendency of men to talk to women about matters of “importance” as if women couldn’t possibly understand and need a male to unlock the mystery for them. I’ve seen the glazed, slightly impatient look on women’s faces as their male partners lecture them on the obvious and the transparent. Walk down any street and watch couples in action. It’s everywhere!

  2. What is the accepted protocol for reducing the spread man next to you on a train? Reclaiming my territory by pressing my leg against his can seem very aggressive (even if justified). I’ve a feeling, as the world gets more crowded, we’re going to need some new protocols.