Fun Facts: New Dictionary Words 2014

Language is always evolving, and new words and expressions are an important part of this. Four times a year, new words are added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

We've picked some of our favorite new words from this year’s first update. See if you can use any of them when having conversations in English…


Definition: Someone who reads or buys a lot of books.

Example: Emma is a real bookaholic: She read all of the Game of Thrones series in just one month.

Are you a bookaholic? Source: Pinterest.


Definition: A performer who uses their voice to imitate the sounds and rhythms of hip-hop music.

Example: I’m going to see an amazing beatboxer in London this evening.

Food coma

Definition: A state of sleep or extreme tiredness brought about by eating a large amount of food.

Example: All that pizza put me in a food coma. I shouldn't have had that 12th slice.

Would eating all this pizza send you into a food coma?


Definition: A person’s best friend or very close friend.

Example: I went to watch the Arsenal match with my bestie. We've been friends for 15 years.


Definition: To perform a kick which involve a scissor-like motion of the legs, as in swimming or soccer.
Example: I scored an amazing goal at the weekend - it was a scissor-kick!


Definition: Crazy, mad, or eccentric (can be used as a noun and an adjective).

Example: Claire is one of the most wackadoodle people I know, and I know a lot of wackadoodles.

Are there any of these words that you already use in conversation? Let us know what you think of them by leaving a comment below. You can also read some of the best words that were added last year.

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