The Oxford English Dictionary‘s new round of updates includes words and expressions such as YOLO, moobs and splendiferous. The quarterly update brought more than 1,000 new words into the dictionary, including words created by Roald Dahl to mark the centenary of the author’s birth.

Some of the new and revised entries include:

  • Splendiferous
  • Human bean
  • Witching hour
  • Scrumdiddlyumptious
  • Oompa Loompa
  • YOLO
  • Cheeseball
  • Gender fluid
  • Moobs
  • Westminster bubble
  • Squee!


  • Fuhgeddaboudit!

In an interview with The Guardian, OED Chief Editor Michael Proffitt said, “The inclusion in OED of a number of words coined by or associated with Roald Dahl reflects both his influence as an author and his vivid and distinctive style. For many children Roald Dahl’s work is not only one of their first experiences of reading, but also their earliest exposure to the creative power of language.”

The OED, which started more than 150 years ago, includes the meanings, history and pronunciation of over 600,000 words.

The next update will be released in December.

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Which of the newly-added words will you be using?