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Today marks the launch of the centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, first compiled by the Fowler brothers in 1911: an event traditionally marked by a press release including words added for the first time. This year's new entries include: woot, retweet, cyberbullying, denialist, gastric band and the …


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  1. Captain Scarlet Silver badge


    Why do I suddenly feel like I am playing Counter Strike, only time I ever used such words!

  2. NomNomNom


    So I can't use the phrase "jet of water" anymore? are you kidding me? Thats a common phrase. which idiot voted for these new laws and what gives them the right to change the dictionary overnight without warning?

  3. banjomike

    So "Jet of water" is now illegal?

    So much for progress ....

  4. Bumpy Cat


    I suppose that could be replaced with "server room" or "datacentre" these days ... certainly, I spend a lot of time growling while I'm there ...

  5. Michael Philbey 1


    I think every man needs a growlery, otherwise known as a shed

  6. caffeine addict Silver badge

    can't words have numbers in them?

    Shirley, it should be "w00t" not "woot"....

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge


      Have you looked at the urban dictionary's definition of a growler?

      Maybe a room dedicated to that would be interesting!

    2. Willington


      So what is the proffered alternative to Jet? I want to copyright it with the suffix "wash".

    3. Tom Wood


      it's absolutely illegal. As are fire hoses, water jet cutters, and the sort of water cannon that may be threatened as a way to disrupt a riot.

      Using any of these devices, or even thinking about jets that are not of the engine variety, will get you a jail term of between 6 months and four years. And you better not live in a council house or you'll lose that too.


      The Government.

    4. Thomas 4


      (noun) - A room used to complain about nocturnal birds.

      1. NomNomNom


        stream is becoming an popular alternative to jet. All those text adventure games are going to have to be rehauled.

        "You are in a corridor. There are exits to the North and South. There is a hole in the wall. What do you want to do?"

        >Look in hole

        "You peer into the hole. A jet of boiling water shoots out of the hole and kills you instantly"

        1. Thomas 4


          Meh. Makes a change from bloody Grues all the time.

    5. RichyS

      Carry on

      I think under the old rules, 'jet of water' would be considered a tautology -- on the basis that a jet by definition is of water. However, as the term jet is now less specific (type of engine, plane, ex-Gladiator, whatever), it's now fair enough to use the term 'jet of water'.

      You can put down your green Biro now....

    6. Adam 60

      Don't call me Shirley!

      Can't play it in scrabble if it has numbers in it!

      1. Rob Dobs

        Agree with Richy

        You can still use "Jet of Water", just now if you say "I saw a Jet" the ONLY reasonable conclusion someone would envision would be a jet airplane* no would assume a jet of water, and CERTAINLY no one would assume a ex-Gladiator... though sadly I am now reminded of this fact that I had happily until now forgotten.

        (*Maybe a US football player if you were in or NY or New Jersey.. as they are the "Jets", but alas also named after the plane sooo......)

        Oh and why do they get to decide....They OWN it! Make your own dictionary, and if you have better rules and definitions, gradually you would have the control over what is included or not.

        (They being whomever bought or inherited from the original brothers of course)

    7. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      So what does woot mean?

      1. Mister_C

        w00t description

        from 2007:

        and from 2009

    8. Rob Dobs

      No. Grownups don't use numbers in their words

      see title

      1. jai

        re: No. Grownups don't use numbers in their words

        grownups don't use words like woot either.

        cos they're not 1337 enuf

        1. Steven Roper

          1'm 45 4nd 1 u5e num83r5 1n w0rd5

          pr1m4r1ly 4s 4 m34n5 0f 0bfu5c471n9 c0mm0n d1c710n4ry pa55w0rd5... ;)

    9. wag

      ILLEGAL? It's a dictionary

      It's not a statute book. Dictionaries are lists of words in common usage, they are not legally binding in any way shape or form. Usage dictates what goes in the dictionary, not the other way around.

    10. Michael Dunn


      Already done - cf Bleak House by Dickens.

  7. Paul Naylor

    More new words needed

    Being Blackadder / Simpsons / etc. fans in our office, us lads are trying to get the words "embiggen", "cromulant", "contrafribularities" and "interfrastically" into the common tongue. Though no-one we know outside these walls know what we mean however.

    Nice to see that The Reg uses "embiggen" now and again though!

    Come to think of it, "nerdgasm" would be a good one too...

  8. KevinLewis

    Jet Wash

    Don't think I'll be taking my car to the local Jet Wash for fear of an F16 wiping it down.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Back in my day we called slow food

    nutritionally subnormal

  10. Anonymous Coward

    Obvious trolls are obvious.

    But not, alas, funny.

  11. SoaG

    Under what conditions...

    ...would sexting be formal?

    1. BorkedAgain

      Formal sexting

      When addressing the Queen, of course.

    2. Pan_Handle

      See me afterwards

      It's crumulEnt, bodoh.

    3. Tom Maddox Silver badge


      When you're sexting the Queen!

    4. Stratman


      If the parties had been properly introduced beforehand.

    5. NomNomNom


      At dinner parties, tie and gown receptions and/or during sex

    6. Steve Foster


      Presumably, while wooting one's sexter-to-be...

      Which leads to the question of whether one needs to obtain fatherly consent first. A whole new area for Debrett's, methinks.

    7. Anonymous Coward


      I'm anaspectic, frasmotic, even compunctous to have caused you such pericombobulation!

    8. Rob Dobs

      just a suffix really

      really this suffix is used on a lot of variations, each one not needing their own word.

      X-gasm just means a huge rush of pleasure from X

      Wargasm, nerdgasm, foodgasm, footballgasm... you get the idea.

      In some cases like Wargasm it can be used to derogatorily imply that subject gets sexual gratification from something that most think they should not.

      wow...I think I just a wordgasm.

    9. Imsimil Berati-Lahn


      ...Not to mention the Turboencabulator.

      We all need hydrocoptic marzelvanes fitted to our ambifacient lunar vaneshafts.

      However, I remain anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.

  12. IR


    Since when did people stop using jet to mean a stream of water? Still very commonly used in my experience.

    I thought the sgt major was a lady.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    What on earth

    So what on earth do mankini and jeggings mean?

    Come on guys, you just made them up didn't you?

    Would it not be more relevant to include words in common use, which generally means those that people have heard of?

  14. Daniel Garcia 2

    Retweet and marconigram

    there is something eerie about those two words that make think that they will share the same fate for similar reasons.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Style, not grammar.

    "Sexting also gets the nod: for informal usage only, grammar fans."

    The use of informal language is a question of style, not grammar. But then, a fair percentage of the internet's grammar Nazism is actually style Nazism.

  16. Ru


    They're a few years late with that one. Seems like it has already fallen out of pop culture and will be blissfully forgotten in the not too distant future.

    1. Rob Dobs

      sorry I know the answer...

      Mankini is a bikini on a man....the show talk soup on the E! network in the U.S. has a regular character called "Mankini" that comes out wearing...a bikini of course. Wish I had never seen that one.... I guess some people use this to refer to speedo style bathing suits that look like the bottom half of a Bikini (that are rare in US, but more common in the EU)

      Jeggings are a cross between Jeans and Leggins, they are lycra/strech pants that form-fit but look like they are jeans made of Denim. On an attractive woman, they are VERY form fitting.

      Of course Conan O brien wore a pair, which was another sight I could have gone a life without seeing.....

    2. Fibbles

      Hate to break this to you...

      ... but they're both in common usage, Jeggings are leggings designed to appear as if they made of denim. A mankini is a skimpy bit of swimwear for blokes (see Borat).

      Tbh though, the COED has been adding very questionable words for years now. I'd stick to the good old fashioned OED. It's got a lot more heft to it which should come in useful next time you hear someone use the word 'sexting'.

  17. Inventor of the Marmite Laser Silver badge

    Tell me............Please

    That "leverage" has not been recognised as a verb

  18. Spot the Cat


    Norfolk? Shirley not? Here in Norfolk we'd refer you to certain parts of Lincolnshire. Impaludism certainly threw the spellchecker though, as apparently did spellchecker.

    1. Frederic Bloggs

      Wrong place

      Not Norfolk (apart from possibly around the A17 between Kings Lynn and Wisbech), but dear old Slough. I ought to know, I am an Old Paludian.

    2. Michael Dunn


      Back on my favourite Bete Noire - see frequent postings.

  19. Neil Paterson

    Not just compiled...

    ...but wrote. The Fowler brothers had to actually write the entries from S to Z, as the complete OED hadn't got that far through the alphabet by then.

  20. Anonymous Coward


    Someone who's job has recently become S to Z...

    Not to be confused with typetroller ofc...

  21. Armando 123

    Just please tell me ...

    ... that they kept my favorite obscure word, "velleity". Although given that my grandfather was from the Appalachian foothills in Kentucky, we never used the Oxford pronunciation.

    1. Michael Dunn



  22. Adrian Esdaile
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    As an architect...

    it is now my solemn duty to include a 'Growlery' in every house I design from now on.

    growlery – "place to growl in, private room, den" - BLOODY BRILLIANT.

  23. Martin Maloney


    1) One of the two words that you can play in Scrabble, when all that you have is consonants.

    2) An interjection, used to express contempt for comments that don't meet your own high standards.

    1. ratbert

      tsk indeed

      sh, ch, by, my, hymn, pry, dry, fry, rhythm... need i go on?

      1. Martin Maloney


        OK, I missed "sh" and "ch." The others, though, use "y" as a vowel, thus they don't qualify as being composed entirely of consonants.

        You missed "nth," although one could make a case that the "n" functions [chortle] as a vowel.

        "Tsk" to both of us.

    2. Lockwood

      Two words?






      By, My, Thy, Shy, Fry, Sty, Sly, Why, Dry, Fly, Try

      I'm guessing the other one that's not a Y word is cwm?

      1. Martin Maloney

        Not the other word

        The vowels are A E I O U and sometimes W and Y. That's why I disqualified "cwm."

        If you wagered that the other one was "cwm," given that you lost, would you Welsh on the bet?

      2. Sam Therapy

        You forgot syzygy

        Which was also Atari's original name.

    3. Mystic Megabyte Silver badge

      @Adrian Esdaile

      I go to my growlery when I'm overgruntled. A growlery should have at least one soft wall for throwing things at.

  24. Grumpy Old Fart

    Loose vs Lose

    So when are they going to allow 'Loose' as an alternative spelling for 'Lose'? Surely more people use this than use 'jeggings'?

    I'm fed up of getting growled at* as a "Grammer Nazi" (sic) for correcting people on this, and I'm fed up of seeing commercial publications that should know better making this mistake.

    For the love of all things shiny, just put me out of my misery and include 'Loose' as an alternative spelling for 'Lose'. Then I can stop twitching.

    (*in my word, I shall strive to reintroduce it)

  25. Anonymous IV

    @GoF - too lose le trec

    You can have 'loose' for 'lose' only if people commit to using the word 'looser' to mean 'loser'...

    Then nobody will have a clue about what is being said.

    1. Martin Maloney
      Paris Hilton

      @ Anonymous IV

      I infer that you've never experienced looser.

      Believe me, looser is definitely a loser.

  26. ChrisElvidge


    Today marks the launch of the centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary, first compiled by the Fowler brothers in 1911: an event traditionally marked by a press release including words added for the first time.

    How can a first time event be "traditionally marked"?

    1. Hatless Pemberty


      Because it is a very unique event?

  27. Hatless Pemberty

    Woot! Humbug!

    So I'll take it that nobody reads Dickens anymore, as the growlery is mentioned several times in "Bleak House" (as seen on TV not so very long ago.)

    At this rate people will soon be confused at Dr. Watson's proclivity to ejaculate at every turn.

    1. Michael Dunn


      "At this rate people will soon be confused at Dr. Watson's proclivity to ejaculate at every turn."

      Ah, yes, well....

      And I did point out the Bleak House reference before I came to your posting.

      And you say "nobody reads Dickens anymore." I think that perhaps very few people actually read anymore; isn't there that well known oxymoron "Sun reader" often mentioned in the press?

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