'Woke' added to Oxford English Dictionary

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Further, the OED also added chana dal, the Hindi phrase for chickpeas.

More than 600 new words, phrases, and senses have been added this time around, with other highlights including Danish way of life "hygge" and a number of tennis terms in time for Wimbledon including "bagel", "changeover" and "career slam".

Robert McNicol, Librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), who was invited to offer his expertise on the tennis-themed words for their inclusion in the dictionary, said the words were part of tennis' tradition. "Post-truth" was OED's word of the year for 2016, according to The Daily Beast.

Altogether, 50 new words were added.

Citing woke's popularization in 2008 by soul and R&B artist Erykah Badu in her song "Master Teacher", the Oxford English Dictionary described the word's transformation to how it's now associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.


Whether you are a millennial who is exhausted of getting blank stares when speaking in slang, or someone who can not understand what the terms in the younger generation's hashtags mean, you now have a cause for celebration: "Woke" and "post-truth" have officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Since the introduction of the term "academy" to the English school system in 2000, this type of independently publicly run school has featured heavily in United Kingdom news. You'll also see a new definition for "thing", - as in, the more general sense of something happening.

"Evidences an emerging use of "post" prefix forming words denoting that a specified concept has become unimportant or irrelevant", the dictionary said. "Zythum", the former last word in the whole dictionary - AKA the last word in the English language (because the OED really is the official record) - has, as of today, been replaced.

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