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Can you tell a fauxhawk from a food baby?
9:20am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
FROM today, you need no longer worry if you don’t know what a fauxhawk, selfie or food baby is.
Oxford University Press has announced that they are among new words which are being added to its world-famous dictionary.
The Walton Street company has added the words to Oxford Dictionaries Online, its free online dictionary of current English.
Angus Stevenson, of Oxford Dictionaries Online, said: “New words, senses and phrases are added to Oxford Dictionaries Online when we have gathered enough independent evidence from a range of sources to be confident that they have widespread currency in English.
“Publishing online allows us to make the results of our research available more quickly than ever before.”
On average, OUP adds about 1,000 new entries to the online dictionaries every year.
This quarter’s new entries include fauxhawk, a hairstyle in which a section of hair running from the front to the back of the head stands erect, intended to resemble a Mohican haircut, selfie, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website, and food baby, a protruding stomach caused by eating a large quantity of food and supposedly resembling the appearance of a woman in the early stages of pregnancy.