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Dictionary Adds “Twerking,” “Selfie,” And “Badassery”


The Oxford Dictionaries Online have announced a few new editions to the wonderful world of the English language. Twerking, selfie, buzzworthy, food baby and badassery are among the chosen few. Now I can understanding the first three or four, but “badassery,” is that word really used often enough culturally for it to warrant an entry into the Oxford Dictionary? No clue.

Here are the definitions of these buzzworthy words. See what I did there . . .

badassery (n.): behavior, characteristics, or actions regarded as intimidatingly tough or impressive. SeeSeal Team 6; people saving other people from sharks; most things done by Samuel L. Jackson

buzzworthy (adj.): likely to arouse the interest and attention of the public. See: a notorious dictator resigning; Obama being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize; Kate Middleton wearing a hat of any kind

food baby (n.): a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling that of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy. See: most Americans on the fourth Thursday in November; unfortunate situations in which a woman is mistakenly assumed to be with child

selfie (n.): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. See: Anthony Weiner circa 2013

twerk (v.): to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance See: things you do at da club; Miley Cyrus’ recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards


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    Emerald is an editor at CollegeCandy, lover of coffee, and pretend francophile. After studying writing and popular culture at NYU she decided to be a grownup and get a job. Tweet at ya' girl @EmeraldGritty.