At Oxford Dictionary, It's Now 'Wine O'Clock'

'Manspreading,' 'butt-dial' also new additions to Oxford's online dictionary
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 27, 2015 10:22 AM CDT
At Oxford Dictionary, It's Now 'Wine O'Clock'
This Nov. 17, 2011, file photo shows Antique Wine Company employees posing with three Melchiors and a standard-size bottle of wine in London.   (Sang Tan)

Manspreading is so widespread it's now a word. The term, coined by commuters, refers to men on public transportation who splay their legs wide and encroach on neighboring seats—and it's now been added to The free online dictionary of current usage, created by the publishers of the venerable Oxford English Dictionary, issued its quarterly update today of new words that have gained widespread currency in the English language. Here's a sampling from the list:

  • beer o'clock: the appropriate time of day to start drinking beer
  • wine o'clock: same as above, only with wine
  • Brexit: a term for the potential or hypothetical departure of the United Kingdom from the 28-nation European Union
  • Grexit: a term for the potential withdrawal of Greece from the 19-nation eurozone, the countries in the European Union that use the shared euro currency
  • butt-dial: calling someone accidentally with your mobile phone in a rear pocket
  • cat cafe: a cafe or similar establishment where people pay to interact with cats housed on the premises
  • fatberg: very large mass of solid waste in a sewer system, consisting especially of congealed fat and personal hygiene products that have been flushed down toilets
Also new to the list: the verb "MacGyver," a shoutout to the popular '80s action-adventure TV drama in which the namesake hero used "improvised engineering skills and cobbled-together ingenuity" to get out of jams, per the BBC. (Some Swedes hope a word for female masturbation makes it into that country's next dictionary update.)

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