Revealed: Funniest words and phrases added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2022
The funniest words and phrases added to the Oxford dictionary have been revealed.
700 words and phrases were added to the dictionary between March and June this year.
In response to the pandemic, 2021 saw PPE, WFH (work from home), long covid, social distancing and furlough added to the dictionary.
The Unscrambled Words team have now revealed what the funniest words and phrases are this year.
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A spokesperson for Unscrambled Words said: “The language changes every day to reflect the changing world around us. New words and phrases are created over time and passed down from generation to generation.
“Hundreds of new words like these are added to the dictionary every year and slowly become part of our vocabulary. Thanks to advancements in technology and the growing use of social media, language is changing at a faster rate than ever.
“These words and phrases may be new to us in 2022, but in the years to come they will become more widely integrated into our vocabulary.”
1. Bully Van
Meaning: A British police van, distinct in size and color.
Usage: “Here comes the bullying van.”
2. Cringe Factor
Meaning: An element or aspect of a situation or event that causes a person to recoil with acute embarrassment or clumsiness.
Usage: “His dance has a very high cringe factor.”
Meaning: A dip or soak.
Usage: “It’s raining so hard outside, I’m drooling.”
Meaning: Drunk, drunk.
Usage: “He’s so drunk he’s completely pissed off.”
5. Gas lighter
Meaning: A person who tricks and psychologically manipulates another person to question their own perceptions or sanity.
Usage: “Get ’em off. You’re a gas lighter, aren’t you?”
Meaning: very drunk; drunk.
Usage: “She was so tired of the wedding.”
Meaning: A sassy person; one who is impudent, impertinent or brash. Someone who is confident, bold or fiery.
Usage: “It’s such a small ass box.”
Meaning: The action or practice of sharing news, images or videos of one’s children on social media sites.
Usage: “They always share.”
Meaning: In childish or playful language: the action of sharing something with another or others.
Usage: “Do you want to? Let’s share.
10. Soy sage
Meaning: A type of vegetarian (now usually vegan) sausage made with soy protein instead of meat.
Usage: “The cafe now serves soy sage.”
11. Stressed Bunny
Meaning: A person who is stressed or tends to become stressed.
Usage: “My boss is such a stressed bunny.”
12. Stress Eater
Meaning: A person who tends to eat unhealthily in response to or as a means of coping with stress.
Usage: “I’m such a stress eater.”
Meaning: A person who has not been vaccinated; not vaccinated.
Usage: “They haven’t had a vaccine, they’re discouraged.”
14. Hesitant about vaccines
Meaning: Hesitating, reluctant or refusing to be vaccinated (or to have one’s children vaccinated) against one or more infectious diseases.
Use: “He hesitates to get vaccinated.”
Meaning: Person who performs vaccinations.
Usage: “She has a new job as a vaxxer.”