"Binge-Watch" Leads Oxford Dictionaries Class of 2014
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It looks like the folks at the Oxford Dictionaries (the online branch of the prestigious Oxford English Dictionary) just can't ignore our collective Netflix obsession any longer.
In their latest round of additions, the dictionary's editors have added "binge-watch," cementing the activity in the lexicon for all time. It's just one of a myriad of millennial slang terms that have snuck their way into the dictionary this time around.
In its press release trumpeting the new additions (a bit of a "humblebrag," if you will), the dictionary credits its discovery of the terms to a "unique language monitoring programme" that lets the Oxford editors "explore how English language evolves differently across the world."
Along with all the 21st century slang, Rolling Stone points out that a few older terms slipped in as well—phrases even your dad would recognize, like "spit take," "hot mic," and "side boob."
Of course, the dictionary also made a point of using as many of these terms as possible in its post. This is a cynical, SEO-driven marketing stunt, after all.