A selection of new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online


· date night, n.: a prearranged occasion on which an established couple, esp. one with children, go for a night out together.
· dirty martini, n.: a cocktail made with gin (or vodka), dry vermouth, and a small amount of olive brine, typically garnished with a green olive.
· dog food, v. [new sense, chiefly computing]: (of a company’s staff) use a product or service developed by that company so as to test it before it is made available to customers.
· douche, n. [new sense]: an obnoxious or contemptible person. Also douchey, adj.
· Dunbar’s number, n.: a theoretical limit to the number of people with whom any individual is able to sustain a stable or meaningful social relationship (usually considered to be roughly 150).
· e-cigarette, n.: another term for electronic cigarette.
· e-learning, n.: learning conducted via electronic media, typically on the Internet.
· ethical hacker, n.: a person who hacks into a computer network in order to test or evaluate its security, rather than with malicious or criminal intent.
· manage expectations, phr.: seek to prevent disappointment by establishing in advance what can realistically be achieved or delivered by a project, undertaking, course of action, etc.
· genius, adj. [new sense]: very clever or ingenious.
· group hug, n.: a number of people gathering together to hug each other, typically to provide support or express solidarity.
· guilty pleasure, n.: something, such as a film, television programme, or piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.
· hackathon, n.: an event, typically lasting several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming.
· hat tip, n.: (in online contexts) used as an acknowledgement that someone has brought a piece of information to the writer’s attention, or provided the inspiration for a piece of writing.
· hosepipe ban, n.: an official restriction on the use of hosepipes, imposed by a particular water company on its customers during a water shortage.
· inbox, v.: send a private message or an email to (someone, typically another member of a social networking site or Internet message board).
· lifecasting, n.: the practice of broadcasting a continuous live flow of video material on the Internet which documents one’s day-to-day activities.
· lolz, pl. n.: fun, laughter, or amusement.
· mansion tax, n.: a tax levied on residential properties worth more than a certain amount.
· micro pig, n.: a pig of a very small, docile, hairless variety, sometimes kept as a pet.
· mood disorder, n.: a psychological disorder characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person’s mood, such as depression or bipolar disorder.
· mwahahaha, exclamation: used to represent laughter, esp. manic or cackling laughter such as that uttered by a villainous character in a cartoon or comic strip.
· NFC, abbrev.: near field communication, a technology allowing the short-range wireless intercommunication of mobile phones and other devices for purposes such as making payments.
· OH, n.: a person’s wife, husband, or partner (used in electronic communication).
· photobomb, v.: spoil a photograph of (a person or thing) by suddenly appearing in the camera’s field of view as the picture is taken, typically as a prank or practical joke (n.: photobombing).
· ridic, adj.: ridiculous (abbrev.).
· ripped, adj. [new sense]: having well-defined or well-developed muscles; muscular.
· soul patch, n.: a small tuft of facial hair directly below a man’s lower lip.
· takeaway, n. [new sense]: a key fact, point, or idea to be remembered, typically one emerging from a discussion or meeting.
· tweeps, pl. n.: a person’s followers on the social networking site Twitter.
· UI, n.: short for ‘user interface’.
· user experience, n.: the overall experience of a person using a product such as a website or a computer application, esp. in terms of how easy or pleasing it is to use (also UX, n.).
· vajazzle, v.: adorn the pubic area (of a woman) with crystals, glitter, or other decoration.
· video chat, n.: a face-to-face conversation held over the Internet by means of webcams and dedicated software.
· vote, v. [new sense: vote someone/thing off the island]: dismiss or reject someone or something as unsatisfactory [with reference to the reality television Survivor).
· Wikipedian, n.: a person who contributes to the collaboratively written online encyclopedia Wikipedia, esp. on a regular basis.
· 3D printing, n.: a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material.