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YOLO: Oxford English Dictionary Seizes the Day With New Additions

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The Oxford English Dictionary has added YOLO, "you only live once," to its lexicon. (Sosophie01/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Monday, 12 Sep 2016 02:45 PM

The Oxford English Dictionary has added the acronym YOLO in its latest update, along with other words such splendiferous, moobs (enlarged breasts on a man), and yogalates.

YOLO started out as slang, a mostly online acronym for “you only live once” that was often used to explain or excuse the kind of behavior that might later be cause for regret.

The OED releases updates every three months in an effort to keep up with a constantly changing English language.

As the self-proclaimed “definitive record of the English language,” the OED contains more than 600,000 words and covers 1,000 years of English history. A staff of 15 continuously pores over online and print documents to decide when and how to augment the current list, new words team editor Johnathan Dent told The Guardian.

This update contains more than 500 newly recognized words, including “Dahlesque,” a nod to author Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, and “gender-fluid,” referring to a person whose gender identity is not fixed.

Some words are only updated with new definitions, like “gremlins,” which originally referred to imaginary sprites that caused mechanical problems but now can mean any unexplained problem or fault.

Most English-speakers enjoy seeing their unofficial language become codified into the most official of all dictionaries, but some continue to fight for a more traditional version of the language.

Crystal Theatre founder and British writer Paul Bassett Davies tweeted his reaction to the updates: "'Moobs' and 'Yolo' are now in the Oxford English Dictionary. In case you thought a flicker of light remained in the encroaching darkness."

For all those now-grown schoolchildren who were once told a word wasn’t real unless it was in the dictionary, however, it is vindication to see their favorite slang join the ranks of the official. YOLO indeed, Oxford English Dictionary.

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The Oxford English Dictionary has added the acronym YOLO in its latest update, along with other words such splendiferous, moobs (enlarged breasts on a man), and yogalates.
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