The Oxford English Dictionary has added more than 650 new words to their latest edition. 20 of the new additions are South African words.
The OED is updated on a quarterly basis and the next update will be added to the dictionary in June 2019.
How are words added?
To be considered for inclusion in the OED, a word must first be added to the dictionary’s ‘watch list’ database.
The OED will then review these words.
If the words have not yet accumulated enough evidence for permanent record in the OED, it remains on the watch list however if the word passes, it is then assigned to an Editor.
The Editor researches the word and then writes up the dictionary entry.
New additions to the dictionary include words such as MacGyvered and Maltipoo. Macgyvered is an adjective meaning ‘adapted or improvised in an ingenious or expedient way.’ A Maltipoo is a breed of dog. Ad
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Joburg and Jozi have been added to the list. These are both nicknames for the city of Johannesburg.
The words BEE, Black Economic Empowerment and Black Empowerment have also been included. These words relate to the government programme incentivizing the provision of employment and business opportunities for black people, with the aim of redressing their economic marginalization during apartheid.
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4 new words which describe living spaces have also been included. These words are hok,
Here is a list of South African words
- Bantu Education
- Black Economic Empowerment
- Black Empowerment
You can read the full list of new here.