"YOLO" and "Cray" Added to Oxford Dictionary

BY Alex HudsonPublished Aug 15, 2014

It's official: Drake and Kanye West are in the lexicon. This is thanks to Oxford Dictionaries, which has just added the terms "YOLO" and "cray" to its online database of words.

Much to the chagrin of linguistic prescriptivists, these words were among those added during a quarterly update of Oxford University Press's online dictionary, OxfordDictionaries.com. Other new additions include adorbs, binge-watch, humblebrag, listicle, vape, SMH, side boob, neckbeard, hate-watch, live-tweet, second screen, sentiment analysis, cord cutting, hyperconnected, acquihire, clickbait, Deep Web, dox, fast follower, geocache, in silico, octocopter, responsive, smartwatch, and tech-savvy, among others.

It's not clear if these words will be published in hard copies of the Oxford English Dictionary, which typically takes a much more stringent approach to language, since the definitions currently only exist online. Still, these new listings should be enough for you to convince your teacher to let you use "YOLO" and "cray" in essays.

"Cray" gained popularity in Kanye and Jay Z's Watch the Throne track "Niggas in Paris," while "YOLO" (or "you only live once") popped up on Drake's 2011 song "The Motto."

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