Long Covid, snackette and bath bombs are also among the new entries in the Oxford English Dictionary but it’s the pandemic which has had a big effect on language this year
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The word anti-vaxxer has made it into the Oxford English Dictionary, but it has taken 209 years and a pandemic to get there.
Long Covid also made it, but that has only been around since May 2020, when it was first used in a tweet.
The 837 new entries also include the more fun snackette, for a bite-sized nibble, and bath bombs, another old one, with US stores selling them back in 1927.
But an OED spokeswoman said: “World events have a big impact on language and this update is no exception.”
Anti-vaxxer is used to describe someone who refuses the Covid jab, but it was coined in 1812 by Edward Jenner when his smallpox injection came up against fierce opposition.
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Disaster capitalism, for making a profit from catastrophes, voter suppression, for preventing people getting to the ballot box, and the once-taboo subject of period poverty are also new entries.
The OED spokeswoman said: “They have, somewhat depressingly, all seen enough evidence of use for them to enter the dictionary.”
Anti-vaxxer – a person opposed to vaccination
Bants – short for banter and denotes teasing or playful remarks used in social circles
Bath bomb – a fragrant, shaped bath product that dissolves in water
Big-tech – a collection of major, multinational technology companies
Brown-nosing – sucking up to someone and flattering them to gain favour
Disaster capitalism – exploitation of natural or man-made disasters such as extreme weather events, war and epidemics
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Ghosting – being blanked on social media and getting no response to messages, signalling the sudden end of a friendship or relationship
Long Covid – persistence of symptoms related to Covid-19
Love locks – a padlock attached to a bridge, railing, or fence by a couple as a symbol of their love and commitment
Noise cancelling – a device such as headphones with technology to cut out background sounds and chatter
Period poverty – being unable to afford sanitary products
Snackette – a small snack
Snooze – to activate the snooze feature on an alarm clock or device
Voter suppression – to prevent people, especially those belonging to certain demographic groups, from voting in elections
Wagwan – a short way of asking “what’s going on?”
Willy-waver – a boastful, self-styled tough guy who exhibits excess amounts of machismo