Learn British English Free: Oxford Dictionary Update (with captions / subtitles)


Hello, everyone. I’m Chris. This lesson is about some brand spanking new
vocabulary for you. Every so often the Oxford Dictionary do an
update with new words which people are saying on
the streets of Britain so to speak and they’ve done that again
recently. The BBC have written a short article to explain
some of the new words and I’d like to read this for you. So it’s a chance to learn some new vocabulary and to practise some reading. Please enable captions (or subtitles) on Youtube or Facebook, wherever you’re
watching this, so that you can read along if you want to. The title of the article is: “Oxford English Dictionary updates include
budgie smugglers” And the link is: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-36723193 You can click on it in the description on
the Youtube page to this lesson. Let’s get started then with this article. Budgie smugglers, glamping and listicles are
some of the more eye-catching new entries to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). The latest update also includes the likes
of “bovver”, made famous by comedian Catherine Tate. A number of internet slang acronyms such as
FWIW and ICYMI have also made the new list. They are some of the more than 1,000 new words
and senses, and nearly 2,000 fully revised or expanded entries. “Budgie smugglers” is an Australian term used
since the 1990s that refers to a pair of tight men’s swimming trunks. “Glamping” is a shortened form of the phrase
“glamorous camping”, used to describe a camping with luxuries and accommodation more associated
with hotel stays. “Listicles” are a recent invention of the
internet age, describing online newspaper or magazine articles presented in the form
of a list. In the latest update, the OED acknowledges
the “inescapable factor of modern life is our increasing reliance on computers and digital
communications”. It has included acronyms such as FWIW, short
for “for what it’s worth”, and ICYMI, “in case you missed it”, which are used frequently
on social media and in text messaging. “Bovver” makes the list thanks to Catherine
Tate’s teenage character Lauren’s much-repeated catchphrase “Am I bovvered?”. “Dudettes”, meanwhile, has been in use since
1883, five years after the more commonly used male equivalent “dude” came into use. The next update to the OED is due in September. That was a reading of a recent BBC article which describes the latest updates to the
Oxford English Dictionary. I hope you found that useful, thanks very much for your time. This was a lesson for Learn British English
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