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Bestie And Wackadoodle Are Now Words In The Oxford English Dictionary

Other words include cuntish, crap shoot, and DIYer.

Posted on March 18, 2014, at 6:29 p.m. ET

The Oxford English Dictionary added over 900 new words, phrases and senses in its March 2014 update. Here are some of the more wackadoo entries.

Bestie (n.): a person's best friend; a very close friend.

Wackadoodle (adj.): crazy, mad; eccentric.

AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Government Press Service, file

Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US dictionaries, explained that "similar sounding nonsense words" like wackadoo and wackadoodle "were used as refrains in popular songs like Doo Wacka Doo in the early 20th century."

Beatboxer (n.): a performer who uses (amplified) vocal effects to imitate the sounds and rhythms of hip-hop music.

Bookaholic (n.): a habitual and prolific reader; a compulsive book buyer.

Scissor-kick (v): to perform a kick which involve a scissor-like motion of the legs, as in swimming or soccer.


DIYer (n.): a person who engages in do-it-yourself activities; an amateur (in construction, repair, etc.).

Crap shoot (n.): a situation or undertaking regarded as uncertain, risky, or unpredictable.

If you'd told me what a crapshoot it was to be a writer I still would've done it because you're not the boss of me.

Victor LaValle@victorlavalle

If you'd told me what a crapshoot it was to be a writer I still would've done it because you're not the boss of me.

08:03 PM - 24 Jan 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Explaining the origin of the phrase crap shoot, Martin said:

"The phrase crap shoot arose in American English in the late 19th century to refer to a game of dice (or 'craps'). Nowadays, that original use is relatively rare, but the term has become very common in a figurative use, denoting a situation or undertaking regarded as uncertain, risky, or unpredictable."

Honky-tonker (n.): a person who owns, works in, or frequents a cheap, sleazy bar or nightclub, typically one where country music is played.

Do-over (n.): an instance or chance of doing something for a second or further time, after an unsuccessful or unsatisfactory first attempt.

Herogram (n): a congratulatory message from an editor praising a journalist's work. In later use also more generally: a message expressing praise, encouragement, or congratulations.

According to Martin:

"The word herogram is recorded from at least 1972, referring to a message expressing praise, encouragement, or congratulations—especially one from an editor to a journalist. The -gram ending comes from the word telegram, and herogram may have been influenced by the earlier nastygram which was originally used (as the name suggests) to denote a message of the opposite type—a reprimand."

Bathroom break (n.): a short period of time within the duration of an activity (often of a prescribed or limited duration) taken to use the toilet.

Ursula Coyote / AMC

Cuntish (adj., coarse slang): nasty, highly unpleasant; extremely annoying.

The new entries also include cunted, cunting, and cunty.

TIME explained the origins of the word cunt in this article:

The word cunt, which more literally refers to female genitals, dates back to the 1200s. In the Middle Ages, English speakers were less squeamish about obscene language because they had much less privacy and therefore less shame about things like sex and body parts. So the c-word probably wouldn't have raised too many Black Death-plagued eyebrows. It was even used in surnames at the time, like Clawecuncte.

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