“Amazeballs” added to the Oxford English Dictionary
AMAZEBALLS is now a word in the Oxford English Dictionary, as part of the latest official update.
Almost 700 “words and meanings” have been recorded in the lexicon as part of its last update for June 2021.
New words recorded in OED include staycation, deadname, and social distance.
The stay is defined as: “a stay at home or in the country of residence”.
Deadname is defined as: “the old name of a person (especially a transgender person) who has chosen a new name.”
And social distancing is defined as: “keeping a certain physical distance from, or limiting physical contact with, one or more people in order to avoid catching or transmitting an infectious disease. ”
Among the new officially recognized words is also the term amazeballs, a neologism allegedly coined 13 years ago.
The first dictionary definition of the balls of astonishment is: “express enthusiastic approval: great, excellent, very impressive; fantastic. ”
He quotes a 2008 YouTube video by Jessica and Hunter in which one of the vloggers refers to a party as having been “balls of wonder”.
Speaking to the BBC, OED’s Fiona McPherson explained why it took 13 years for the word to be recognized.
She said: “What you will often find is that words, although they can be made up, take a while for them to enter everyone’s language.”