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Newest Dictionary Words
updated: Jan 07, 2017, 2:00 PM

2016 has brought a lot of things - including a whirlwind of emotions for some. While this year may leave some at a loss for words, here's Oxford's newest additions to the dictionary to help you describe the extremes and in betweens of 2016. Complied here were some of our favorite additions, vote on yours below!

Brexit:(n.) A term for the potential departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union. ‘the report warned that Brexit would reduce the EU's potential GDP'

defang:(v.) Make (something) harmless or ineffectual: ‘the president had largely defanged the opposition'

gobsmacking: (adj.) utterly astonishing; astounding. 'I'm gobsmacked by the response of edhat commenters.'

DEFCON:(n.)Each of a series of five progressive levels of alert used by the US armed forces. ' figurative ‘my stress levels have finally reached defcon 1'

Grexit: (n.)A term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the eurozone (the economic region formed by those countries in the European Union that use the euro as their national currency): ‘renewed fears of a Grexit have been shaking the financial markets'

O-line: (n.) short for offensive line: 'Ed deleted an edhat commenter for nasty o-line.'

paddle boarding: (n.) The sport or pastime of lying, kneeling, or standing on a paddleboard or surfboard and propelling oneself through the water with a paddle or the hands: ‘she wriggled into a wetsuit to try her hand at paddle boarding'

teleconference: (n.) A conference with participants in different locations linked by telecommunication devices. 'Ed will teleconference with the Dedicated Staff when he's traveling the world.'

soft launch: (v.) Release (a new product or service) to a restricted audience or market in advance of a full launch. ‘Apple has soft-launched music video downloads via iTunes, and a legal movie download service can't be too far away.'

YouTuber: (n.) A frequent user of the video-sharing website YouTube, especially someone who produces and appears in videos on the site: ‘we've been seeing top YouTubers getting TV deals over the last couple of years'

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