Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are besties! And if you don't know what that means, now you can look it up.
The Oxford English Dictionary has added roughly 900 (!) new words to its book of definitions, and while some are terms you may have never heard before (like "ethnopharmacologic" or "scimitar-horned oryx"), others are words that were created by us in our daily conversations—and now they're totes official!
(Note: That use of "totes" has not yet been added to the dictionary, but Google knows what it means, so it's really only a matter of time.)
"Bestie," "bathroom break," "crap-shooter," "DIYer" and "honkey-tonker" are among the newly added words that we are familiar with. So how does the dictionary define these terms?
Well, most are pretty self-explanatory—"bestie (n.): a person's best friend; a very close friend"—while some may surprise you, like "honky-tonker (n.): a person who owns, works in, or frequents a cheap, sleazy bar or nightclub, typically one where country music is played."
But probably the most shocking of all when it comes to Oxford's new additions are all of the C-words. Yes, that C-word.
It's noted that it is not an easy task for a word to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary, which aims to be a definitive historical catalog, unlike its online counterpart. Oxford Dictionaries Online has already added a number of informal words that many use everyday and considered slang, like "tweeps," "lolz," "ridic," and "photobomb."
Will these terms make their way to the OED someday? At this rate, it's very possible.