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‘YOLO,’ ‘Moobs,’ ‘Vom’ and More Are Now Official Words in the Oxford English Dictionary

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Your favorite texting lingo may have just made the dictionary because YOLO! The Oxford English Dictionary added more than 500 new words in its Monday, September 12, update, and they range from moobs to biatch and yogalates.

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While some may be confused about why resting bitch face and YOLO are now official phrases in the English language, Katherine Martin, the head of U.S. Dictionaries for Oxford University Press, explained that it’s all about recording history.

“We’re sort of taking the long view,” Martin told The Washington Post. “The slang words of today, if they rise to a level of being something you can imagine that, in 50 years, someone might encounter and wonder, What is that? We want there to be a record of it.”

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A few of the additions definitely came straight from the mouths of millennials. With ‘Merica to squee and vom, there are plenty of slang words you’d probably hear on a college campus.

Other noteworthy new words: bracketology (the process of filling out your March Madness bracket), yogalates (a yoga and Pilates mashup, of course), fuhgeddaboudit (a New Yorker’s way of saying “a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable”) and non-apology (when you’re sorry you’re not sorry, or, according to the OED, “an insincere or unconvincing apology”).

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In tribute to famed author Roald Dahl, since his 100th birthday would have been on Monday, six of his made-up words from books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG were also made official this year. The new entries were Dahlesque, golden ticket, human bean, scrumdiddlyumptious, Oompa Loompa and witching hour.

See the full list of new words here.

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