Britain may be yet to leave the European Union, but the term for its departure – “Brexit” – has earned a place in the Oxford English Dictionary. “You-tuber” and “Glam-ma” are also among the latest entries.
The word has rapidly entered common usage since Britain voted to leave the 28-nation EU in the June 23 referendum. Article 50 – the formal process of the UK’s departure – is expected to be triggered by the end of March 2017. However, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, said on Wednesday that the UK still won’t have a Brexit plan until February.
Glam-mas get their freak on
Another EU-related word to enter the OED is Greece’s potential exit from the EU’s single currency – Grexit.
Social media made its mark on the dictionary too, with “YouTuber” – a producer of material for the video-sharing website – also landing a spot. Other additions include “glam-ma,” a glamorous grandmother, and “get your freak on,” a term for exuberant sex or dancing which first gained prominence in 2001 following the release of the Missy Elliott song of the same title.
“Verklempt” – which derives from the German “verklemmt” meaning uptight or inhibited – has also entered the OED as an adjective meaning overwhelmed by emotion.
The OED traces the history, meaning and pronunciation of more than 829,000 words and aspires to be the most complete record of the English language ever assembled.