Belfast Telegraph

Yolo! Teen talk enters new Oxford dictionary

By Catherine Wylie

People binge-watch their favourite dramas, humblebrag about exciting experiences on Facebook and show off some side-boob in revealing clothes – but Yolo.

Those are just some of the new words added to today in its latest quarterly update giving an insight into current language usage trends.

New entries include adorbs (cute or adorable), binge-watch, humblebrag, listicle, neckbeard, side boob, vape, and Yolo – a favourite with teenagers which is an acronym of You Only Live Once.

Use of the word binge-watch has shown a steady increase over the past two years, thanks to box sets and online TV shows.

Changes in our media consumption habits also see hate-watch – watching a programme for the sake of the enjoyment derived from mocking it – and listicle – an internet article presented as a numbered or bullet-pointed list – added in this update.

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