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From squad goals to superfruit: here are the new words added to the dictionary for 2017


Oxford Dictionaries have just added over 300 new words and phrases to their online collection.

As ever, the entries that made the cut range from phrases we’re used to hearing in our everyday language, such as ‘squad goals’ and ‘drunk texts’, to the slightly less obvious ones, including ‘aquafaba’ (a substitute for egg whites used in vegan cooking) and ‘skitch’ (hitching onto a motor vehicle while riding a bike, skateboard, etc.)

Brilliantly, there is a whole new host of official foodie terms added to this year's haul, ranging from the delicious-sounding ‘shoestring fries’ (French fries sliced extremely thinly) to the Thai noodle dish of ‘pad kee mao’.

There is also an extensive new list of fitness-related words, including ‘fitspiration’ and ‘bracket-buster’.

The Thai noodle dish of pad kee mao made the cut

The Thai noodle dish of pad kee mao made the cut

The entire range of new words has been added to the Dictionary’s website here, but we have picked a few of our favourites below:

Negawatt: A unit of energy saved as a result of conservation measures, such as reducing the use of heat or electricity.

Friendsgiving: A Thanksgiving celebration with one's friends, as opposed to one's family.

Haterade: Excessive negativity, criticism, or resentment.

Read more: The most common words and phrases we all say wrong every day

Gorefest: A film, book, or video game involving a great deal of violence or bloodshed.

Earwigger: A person who secretly listens to a conversation.

Herd mentality: The tendency for people's behaviour or beliefs to conform to those of the group to which they belong.

Tilt-a-whirl: An amusement park ride in which cars spin as they are carried around an undulating track.



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