As a word nerd, I love it when new words are added to dictionaries. Oxford Dictionaries released a list of the words just added to its website, and it's a testament to technology, social media and pop culture. Words added to the dictionary include "butt-dial," "Redditor," and "MacGyver" as a verb. (How has it taken more than 20 years for that to be officially included?)
I'm particularly interested in the words connected to food and beverages, and there are plenty of them. "Wine o'clock" and "beer o'clock" are now officially words, referring to an appropriate time of the day to start drinking wine or beer.
"Hangry," a mashup of the words hungry and angry made the list. This is a word I'm very familiar with. If my 13-year-old doesn't take the time to eat, he becomes "hangry" personified. When he gets that way, I'll reach for anything that's "snackable" — another new dictionary word — to take the edge off.
The new words "cheffy" and "melty" mean what exactly what you think they mean (related to a chef and able to melt.) But "cidery" doesn't mean tasting like cider. It's a noun that means the place where cider is made.
"Cakeage" has also been added to the dictionary. It's a fee that a restaurant charges you to serve you a cake that you brought yourself, and it's a take on the word "corkage," a fee a restaurant charges you to open a bottle of wine that you brought with you.
"Cupcakery" (a bakery that specializes in cupcakes), "cat cafe" (a cafe with cats in it), and "barmaid's blush" (typically red wine mixed with lemonade or beer mixed with raspberry cordial) are all now dictionary words.
One fairly gross word on the list is "fatberg." A fatberg is a very large mass of solid waste in a sewer system that contains congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets. Two years ago, London had a 15-ton fatberg that was a combination of food fat and baby wipes that clogged its sewer system. Fatbergs are manmade, and their existence should remind us not to pour grease down the sink or flush anything down the toilet but human waste and toilet paper.
I don't want to leave you on a disgusting note, though, so I'll end with a word my boys have been using for years: "pwned." It's a term that began with online gamers and it means utterly defeated. It exists only because the "P' and the "O" are next to each other on the keyboard. It came about from winning gamers bragging to the losers and saying "I own you." but making a typo and typing "I pwn you."