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  • 14 August 2014, 18:28

Yolo And Humblebrag Make Oxford Dictionary

Side boob, vape and fast follower are among the latest buzz words to be found in OxfordDictionaries.com, the online version of the world famous Oxford English Dictionary.

Frequent Facebook users no longer slyly boast about their exploits, they "humblebrag".

A person who wears a particularly revealing top may be showing off some side boob - and, of course, it can apply to a man as well.

People no longer view a couple of episodes of their favourite TV show - they binge-watch it.

And if you are looking for adventure, why not go for it? After all, you only live once - or Yolo.

Then there is neckbeard, used to describe the type of facial hair that goes around the neck rather than the lower part of the face.

Some people might call that crazy or, cray, if you want to be current.

Other entries include adorbs - adorable; listicle - an article made up of a list and amazeballs - impressive or very enjoyable.

The new words, senses, and phrases are added to the dictionary when they have been around for a certain time and have been used enough to become established.

Their inclusion acknowledges they have moved from trendy fringe use to widespread currency.

Oxford Dictionaries editor Katherine Connor Martin said: "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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