LON­DON

Kalgoorlie Miner - - OPINION -

Bri­tons are of­fend­ing com­muters by manspread­ing, rev­el­ling in bants with their friends at beer o’clock and hav­ing a brain fart while talk­ing about the Grexit — but it’s all NBD. Those are just some of the 1000 new words added to Ox­fordDic­tionar­ies.com in its latest up­date, re­veal­ing cur­rent trends in the us­age of lan­guage. “Manspread­ing” is when a man sits with his legs wide apart on public trans­port; “bants” is short for ban­ter; and “NBD” for “no big deal”. “Beer o’clock” and “wine o’clock”, de­scrib­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate time of day to start drink­ing, and “brain fart”, a tem­po­rary lapse or fail­ure to rea­son cor­rectly, have also been added to the online dic­tionary. PA

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