The Oxford English Dictionary has officially added over 1,000 new words to its pages, including the terms “hangry,” “me time,” and “swag.” Before any new words can be added to the 829,000 already in the Oxford English Dictionary, they must go through the rigorous process of being vetted by researchers and experts, who consider examples of usage to determine whether each candidate is, in fact, worthy of being a dictionary word. [related]
The OED defines hangry as: “bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.” Although the word has only recently become common, researchers found at least one instance of the word dating to 1956, when it appeared in a psychoanalytic journal.
Other food-related words in the latest update include: agar, a gelatinous substance obtained from seaweed; frugivore, an organism that eats primarily fruit; self-saucing, which describes a dish that is cake-like on top and fluid at the bottom; and shumai, a dumpling from Chinese cuisine.
Interestingly, the dictionary has not added a related sense for the word “hanger,” but we’ve always known that the “hanger” is real — the emotion has prompted numerous acts of violence including a woman stabbing her ex-boyfriend and a McDonald’s customer firing a gun in the air, along with less ferocious acts like an Amtrak passenger ordering pizza to his stalled train.
Still don’t think you’re able to recognize the symptoms of “hanger”? Here are 6 signs you’re getting hangry!