‘Cheeseball,’ ‘YOLO,’ ‘splendiferous’ become official nomenclature

Oxford English Dictionary’s quarterly update is an ode to the words of today’s youth. Common slang and coinages by children’s author Roald Dahl top the list. Here are insights and highlights.

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Millennial marketers rejoice: YOLO is now considered part of the English language.

Sorry, Baby Boomers, Oxford English Dictionary editors think it’s time you stop referring to YOLO as one of those “nonsensical words created by the internet.”

The “definitive record of the English language” has added YOLO—and 1,200 other new words and meanings—to its September edition. Published quarterly since 2000, the updates make up the Third Edition of the OED.

Oxford English Dictionary senior assistant editor, Jonathan Dent, says YOLO—and a number of other September additions—are more historic than many might assume.

From Dent:

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