12/26/10

A Few Words Added to the OED in 2010


  • catastrophize: to view or present a situation as considerably worse than it actually is.
  • overthink: to think about something too much or for too long.
  • matchy-matchy: excessively color coordinated.
  • LBD: little black dress
  • frenemy: a person with whom one is friendly despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry.
  • vuvuzela: an elongated plastic instrument that football fans blow to make a loud noise similar to the trumpeting of an elephant
  • cool hunter: a person whose job it is to make observations or predictions about new styles and trends.
  • riba: interest or usury in Islamic law

  • bromance: a close but nonsexual relationship between two men.
  • exit strategy: a preplanned means of extricating oneself from a situation.
  • defriend: to remove someone from a list of friends or contacts on a social networking site.
  • soft skills: personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people.
  • rightish: more or less correct.
  • chillax: chill/relax.





photo Pete Labrozzi