Eighty six words have been added to the Glasgow-based online Collins dictionary including but not limited to blootered (drunken), amazeballs (excitingly cool) and mummy porn (referring to 50 Shades of Grey).
The publisher asked potential contributors to act as “word spotters” and suggest new words for possible inclusion, reports BBC News. Collins said the process is normally closed but by opening it up to the public they received thousands of entries making recording the English language more democratic.
In addition to the online site, the publisher produces print editions and other best-selling reference titles are produced.
The entries are being considered for the dictionary’s print edition, but people can continue to submit words to Collins’ online resource which is updated regularly. Criteria for inclusion include “frequency of use, number of sources and staying power.”
Alex Brown, head of digital at Collins, said: “We were optimistic about just how keen people would be to take part, but have been blown away by the volume and variety of submissions, and the way that this opportunity to contribute and help document the English language has captured the public imagination.
These words aren’t new by any means but possibly new to you, check out Anglophenia’s 10 British Words that Baffle Americans.
What word would you nominate to be included?