but are you ready to fangirl over our dictionary update? Abso-bloody-lutely.
We’ve got some awesomesauce new words – no, rly – that will inform and
entertain whether you’re hangry or it’s already wine o’clock. Mic drop.
Mic drops, awesomesauce, manspreading, and more
The mic drop can be a literal ‘instance of deliberately dropping or
tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech one
considers to have been particularly impressive’, but it’s more likely to
be figurative – or an exclamation to emphasize a particularly impressive
point: Nuff said. Mic drop.
If you want to describe something as excellent, you can use awesomesauce;
on the other side of the coin, anything of a poor or disappointing
standard is weak sauce. Weak sauce came first, and has a more
comprehensible origin as a metaphor; an inadequate sauce would certainly
let down an otherwise decent meal. Though awesomesauce clearly comes
from the words awesome and sauce, the former is currently beating the
latter in the Oxford English Corpus and Oxford Twitter Corpus.
Why say banter (‘playfully teasing or mocking remarks exchanged with
another person or group’) when you can save a syllable with bants? (Be
careful where you use it, though; the term might be recognized in the
UK, but is likely to get bemused looks elsewhere.) And, speaking of
brevity, the initialism NBD can take the place of no big deal, while rly
is handy textspeak for really.
You may remember mansplain from last year’s update. It’s now joined by
the noun manspreading: ‘the practice whereby a man, especially one
travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs
wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats’.
If you’re a gentleman reading this on the bus … can we suggest you
arrange your legs considerately? Rly.
Beer o’clock and wine o’clock are humorous terms for the (supposedly)
appropriate times of day for having your first glass of either drink.
You might need to start the meal earlier if you’re feeling hangry: a
blend of hungry and angry, meaning ‘bad-tempered or irritable as a
result of hunger’. Anything snackable will come in handy.
English often forms new words using existing suffixes, and the realm of
food and drink shows several such innovations. From the –y ending comes
cheffy (relating to, or characteristic of, a chef) and melty (melting or
partially melted); from the –ery ending, we get cidery (a place where
cider is made) and cupcakery (a bakery that specializes in cupcakes).
The latter is a venue where you’re unlikely to have the option of
cakeage, which is ‘a charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake that
they have not supplied themselves’, and another word created by the
inclusion of a common suffix. The word is modelled on the pattern of
corkage, where the same rule applies to wine. And if you can’t bring
yourself to have the finest things in life separately, there is now the
option of a cat café, where café patrons can eat while surrounded by
Whether you’re a Redditor, a YouTuber, or more used to handling physical
meeples (playing pieces in certain board games), this update has terms
that’ll come in handy. Some don’t show the finer side of the human
character: rage-quit is a verb meaning to ‘angrily abandon an activity
or pursuit that has become frustrating’, and is especially used in
relation to video games.
One reason you might rage-quit is because you are being pwned: that is,
utterly defeated by an opponent. This informal term is used more often
in video gaming, and supposedly resulted from a common mistyping of own
with this sense, as a result of the proximity of p and o on a computer
keyboard. Along with pwn comes pwnage (and ownage), being ‘the action or
fact of utterly defeating an opponent or rival’.