'Woke' and 'post-truth' added to Oxford English Dictionary

Alvin Kelly
June 27, 2017

"By the mid-20th century, woke had been extended figuratively to refer to being "aware" or "well informed" in a political or cultural sense", said The Oxford English Dictionary in its statement announcing the new word.

Further, the OED also added chana dal, the Hindi phrase for chickpeas.

Other newcomers in the latest quarterly update include dozens of tennis-related phrases to mark the start of Wimbledon, such as "superbrat" and "tennis mom".

Post-truth was 2016's word of the year.

The dictionary added the words "woke" and "post-truth" to its 2017 update.

Citing woke's popularization in 2008 by soul and R&B artist Erykah Badu in her song "Master Teacher", the Oxford English Dictionary described the word's transformation to how it's now associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Over 600 additional words were added to the dictionary this month.

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Since the introduction of the term "academy" to the English school system in 2000, this type of independently publicly run school has featured heavily in United Kingdom news.

They include "woke" which is used as an adjective to mean "alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice", and "thing" when used to express disbelief, as in "how can that be a thing?"

"Often displaying a playful side to the English language, colloquialisms and slang words have always had their place in the "OED", the OED notes.

Until now, the last alphabetic entry was zythum, a kind of malt beer brewed in ancient Egypt.

The dictionary also gave a new definition to "thing": "The noun thing has been part of the English lexicon for more than a thousand years, but the OED now defines a new meaning which has only arisen in the past two decades".

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