'Flirtationship' added to the Oxford English Dictionary
‘Flirtationship’ and ‘freshers’ flu’ among the latest additions to the Oxford English Dictionary
- Spidey sense, used in a Spider Man comic in 1963, is also among words added
Anyone in a steady relationship that never goes further than flirting now has an official word to describe it.
Flirtationship – ‘a social relationship which is based on and does not go beyond reciprocal flirting’ – is among the new words entering the Oxford English Dictionary.
Others joining more than 500,000 entries in the lexicon include ‘freshers’ flu’ and ‘spidey sense’.
Freshers’ flu describes flu-like symptoms in new students, ‘typically attributed to an excess of alcohol, a lack of sleep and exposure to new germs, viruses, etc’.
Spidey sense – a term used in the first Amazing Spider-Man comic from 1963 – is defined as a ‘supernatural ability or power to perceive things beyond the normal range of human senses, esp. impending danger’.
‘Flirtationship’, a word which describes a relationship based on reciprocal flirting, is among new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary
Flirtationship – ‘a social relationship which is based on and does not go beyond reciprocal flirting’ – is among the new words entering the Oxford English Dictionary
Other new words include the verb ‘simp’ meaning ‘to be excessively attentive or submissive to someone’ and the adjective ‘turnt’, defined as: ‘Stimulated or intoxicated by alcohol or drugs.’
Philip Durkin, OED deputy chief editor, said most words have their origin in other words but some ‘arise more spontaneously’ because they sound appropriate.
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