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The Oxford English Dictionary Now Includes “Cisgender,” “Twerk,” And “Hot Mess”

Miley-Cyrus-2013-VMAsThe Oxford English Dictionary has been loosening its bow-tie in recent years, demonstrating that it’s not afraid to rip off its tweed coat to twerk the night away and just be, like, a total hot mess.

Indeed, it’s just added 500 sexy new entries, including  “cisgender” (“Designating a person whose sense of personal identity matches their gender at birth”); “twerk” (to dance “in a sexually provocative manner, using thrusting movements of the bottom and hips while in a low, squatting stance” — ooh-la-la!); and yes, “hot mess” (“A person or thing that is spectacularly unsuccessful or disordered, especially one that is a source of a peculiar fascination.”)

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Noteworthy additions include “meh,” “masshole,” “Twitterati,” and “Fo’ shizzle,” a term we’d hoped would fade from consciousness. Better luck next time, “Left Shark.”

Any words or terms you’d like Oxford to include next year? (Please note they’ve already written entries for “fierce,” “girlfriend,” and “honey.”)