A Parent's Guide To The New Oxford Dictionary Words

by Maria Guido
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The Oxford Dictionary announced its quarterly updated list of new words today and I approve. At the risk of sounding immature, I’ll admit it’s hard for me to act my age – especially when it comes to slang. There are so many great words in this update, so I thought I’d pass on the information to other parents who may not be completely utilizing these rich words for fear of sounding like an overgrown child.

You’re not an overgrown child. The Oxford dictionary is giving you permission to sound like an idiot. Rejoice. I am.

Here are some of the highlights of what made the list:

1. Hangry

Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger:

I’m hangry because my kids always take the food off my plate.

2. Rage Quit

Angrily abandon an activity or pursuit that has become frustrating.

My toddler just rage-quit the Fisher Price block set because that star is f**king tricky.

3. Weak Sauce

Something that is of a poor or disappointing standard or quality.

I can hardly push that weak sauce umbrella stroller.

4. NBD:

Short for no big deal.

My husband just ate my last Magnum ice cream bar then looked at me like it was NBD. Dick.

5. Butthurt

Overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful.

There’s always a mom in the Facebook comments who’s butthurt for no reason.

6. MacGyver

Make or repair (an object) in an improvised or inventive way, making use of whatever items are at hand.

I MacGyvered an old broken iPhone with some duct tape and string and gave it to my kid so he would stop tweeting Nick Jr. videos from my phone.

7. Brain Fart

A temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly.

I’m having a brain fart because my teething infant kept me up all night.

8. Wine O’clock

An appropriate time of day to start drinking wine.

My kids finally went to sleep. It’s wine o’clock.

9. Mic Drop

Used to emphasize that a discussion is at an end after a definitive or particularly impressive point has been made.

My toddler fell asleep in the car and I managed to get him into his pajamas and to bed without waking him. Mic drop.

10. Rando

A person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious or engaging in socially inappropriate behavior.

I always get annoyed when I see a rando without kids walking around the toddler park.

11. Bitch Face

A scowling facial expression, especially as the natural cast of a person’s features.

When someone asks if my husband is “babysitting” when I’m out without the kids, I get epic bitch face.

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