A New, Hilarious Word Has Been Added To The Dictionary
Eating a tasty meal with chana dal or doenjang washed down with a gin daisy could well foster a nice feeling of hygge. Just hope you don't find any Zyzzyva on your plate.
If you need to look up any of those words, the unofficial custodian of the English language now has the answers.
In its latest update, the Oxford English Dictionary identified more than 600 words, phrases and senses that have entered common parlance.
They include "zyzzyva", a genus of tropical weevils native to South America. The word replaces zythum — an ancient Egyptian malt beer — as the OED's final entry.
The name was apparently coined by the US entomologist Thomas Lincoln Casey, who described it in a 1922 work, the OED said.
"In any case, zyzzyva owes much of its currency in English to its notoriety as the last entry in various dictionaries, the ranks of which now include the OED," it said.
The quarterly update includes "post-truth", previously announced by the OED as its word of the year for 2016 following Britain's Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's presidential victory.
"Brexit" itself also made into the dictionary last year, meeting the OED's criterion that a new word, phrase or sense of a word must have featured in a variety of printed sources over several years.
Other new senses this time include "thing", as in "a genuine or established phenomenon or practice", often used when you're incredulous about something.