Snowflake and hangry are among the new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary

30 January 2018, 14:04


The Oxford English Dictionary has been given an update, and has added over 1,000 new words.

Mansplaining, ransomware and hangry are among the new additions, as well as initialisms used on the online parenting forum Mumsnet such as TTC - meaning trying to conceive.

OED senior editor Fi Mooring said the new words will resonate "even with people who are not parents".

"The distinctive lexicon of parenting maps a whole range of human experience, from immense joy to immeasurable sorrow and, considering its relevance to so much of the population it seemed an underrepresented category of vocabulary in the Dictionary."

The OED is updated four times each year, with the next update due out in April 2018.

What has been added? 

  • TTC - trying to conceive
  • BFN/ BFP - big fat negative/ big fat positive (related to the results of a pregnancy test)
  • CIO - cry it out
  • Hangry - bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger
  • Hazzle - to dry in open air
  • Lactivism - a movement in favour of breast-feeding, rather than bottle-feeding
  • Tom girl - a boy who acts in a typically feminine manner
  • Snowflake - a description of someone who is "overly sensitive or as feeling entitled to special treatment or consideration"
  • Mansplaining - explaining something in a "needlessly, overbearingly, or condescendingly, especially to a woman, in a manner thought to reveal a patronising or chauvinistic attitude"
  • Swag - derived from swagger, describes a bold, self-confident manner
  • Ransomware - a type of malicious software that threatens to publish victim's data or block access to it unless a ransom is paid