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What do these five photos have in common?

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They may look like a random group, but the five photos shown below have something crucial in common - can you guess what it is?

CLUE: You might want to look it up

Scroll down to find the answer...

(Sadly there's no prize: if you guess right, you can just reward yourself with a mid-morning cookie or something)

Do you give up? Well, the answer is (drumroll please) - they all represent new words added Oxford Dictionaries Online today.

Yes, Oxford University Press has updated its free online dictionary of current English with a colourful influx of contemporary vocab that draws from social media, reality TV, technology and more.

So the next time a micro pig photobombs your group hug like a ridic douche as you sip a dirty martini on a date night with your OH, you can simply say mwahahaha at the lolz of it all and vajazzle your inbox instead, safe in the knowledge that these genius expressions are now all acknowledged in an official capacity.

Check out an extended list of new words added to Oxford Dictionaries Online, below:

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.

What do you think? Are you a fan of the latest word additions? Or should the English language be left as it is, unhampered by new expressions and slang? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter

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