The Oxford dictionary’s new words are amazeballs—and a hot mess of clickbait listicle douchebaggery

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Oxford Dictionaries Online, the sister publication of the more famous Oxford English Dictionary, has a knack for finding and codifying the latest online language trends, including five words and phrases in the headline above that were added for August 2014.

Oxford University Press has a much higher bar for words to be included in the OED. But the ODO decides which words to add by relying on the automated Oxford English Corpus, a collection of documents sourced online, and the Reading Programme, an international network of volunteers who are on the lookout for new words, meanings, and other language trends. The publisher explains:

We continually monitor the Corpus and the Reading Programme to track new words coming into the language: when we have evidence of a new term being used in a variety of different sources (not just by one writer) it becomes a candidate for inclusion in one of our dictionaries. For…

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