What the guac? Oxford updates food definitions
August 28th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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"Srsly, I had such a girl crush on the vendor who was selling those blondie cake pops with pear cider guac dipping sauce at the street food fair. Squee! Apols for the jorts-wearing selfie, but I totally needed to document the food baby I'm about to have."

TL;DR - Oxford Dictionaries Online announced on its blog today that some food-centric (along with tech and fashion) buzzwords have now been added to its official online lexicon, reflecting: "the linguistic influence of the world of gastronomy." The online resource regularly updates its listings to reflect current terminology, and culinary offerings just since May include:

Cake pop
California roll
Canadian bacon
Eggy bread
Food baby
Kaffir lime
Monte Cristo
Pear cider
Streaky bacon
Street food

Back in February, appletini, burrata, flexitarian and tray bake were added to the mix.

The Oxford Dictionaries Online differs from The Oxford English Dictionary in that it focuses on current English and includes modern meanings and uses of words, while the OED focuses on words and meanings that have changed over time.

Confused? You can always twerk it out over nice long digital detox.

Read - Oxford Dictionary adds 'twerk.' Srsly!

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  1. zork

    I've taken to using "guac" as a verb, as in "Those avocados are ready, I'm gonna guac them up tonight."

    August 29, 2013 at 1:32 pm |
  2. KieranH

    Why can we not pronounce full words anymore....no wonder foreigners call us "lazy Americans"....

    August 29, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • Aleck de Smartlee

      Bcuz txtg hz tkn ovr r ritng hbts. Itz only ntrl 4 it 2 bleed ovr into speak'g 2.

      August 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        No, sh**. I could understand maybe when you had to use the number pad with 14 letters on it, but that was ages ago. There are full keyboards now. Anyone that texts me in that fashion is immediately graded with an IQ of -11

        August 29, 2013 at 2:21 pm |
        • Aleck de Smartlee

          Sry we cant all b az advancd as u. sum of us still hv 10-key phones.

          August 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
    • Sir Biddle

      F'ng Millennials!

      August 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm |
  3. MashaSobaka

    I am far more scandalized by the fact that the food vendor was apparently selling "blondie cake pops" dipped in guacamole. Gross.

    August 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
  4. swohio

    Astonishing. Absolutely astonishing. Truly, my old English teacher would be rolling over in his grave. I'm reminded of a line from the movie "Oxford Blues", in which Rob Lowe's character says something to the effect of "Hey, we all speak the same language." – to which his British comrade, played by Julian Sands, responds by saying "Unfortunately some of us torture it more than others".

    August 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • lexicographicalVoid

      Screw prescriptivism. Language is always correct; indeed, it cannot be anything but.

      August 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
      • Hunatic

        Hate to agree with CNN here, but this is News. This is autocracy and if you comment in any voice, they win...

        August 29, 2013 at 1:42 am |
  5. joeknockz

    basically you're saying the people who are allowed to enter words at oxford dictionaries are kids...and morons...

    August 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • I hat CNN.

      Or CNN interns...oh wait... morons and kids... ...right.

      August 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm |
    • atg

      I concur

      August 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
  6. elisabeth morrissey

    Nothing new or surprising here and calling ordinary bacon "streaky" is hundreds of years old. It was called "streak of lean", as opposed to other cuts known as "salt pork" or "fatback"

    August 28, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  7. pdxbrewersclub

    The food baby one is pretty funny.

    August 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  8. Fiona

    "Document the food baby I'm about to have"?

    Did you really have to sink that low, CNN?

    August 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
    • I hat CNN.

      Don't tempt them. They'll go lower. Since apparently there's NOTHING going on in the world that's newsworthy, CNN resorts to writing about hipster "foodie" slang and twerking. G o d d a m n.

      August 28, 2013 at 9:22 pm |
      • Josh

        CNN hasn't been a worthy news organization since the first Gulf war.

        August 28, 2013 at 9:49 pm |
  9. Spendlove

    There isn't much in the way of feminine or gay news to report today so instead CNN has decided to publish nonsense.

    August 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm |
    • Clown

      Kind of like your comment.

      August 28, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • I hat CNN.

      That was beautiful. Hit the nail straight on the head!

      August 28, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  10. wow

    This is so stupid.

    August 28, 2013 at 6:40 pm |
    • I hat CNN.

      Seriously. I love how CNN's idea of "news" is to let us know that new words were added to some online dictionary today. What a f u c k i n g joke. Frankly, this is sickening and disgusting and should offend ANYONE who view himself as educated, civilized, or in any way modern.

      August 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm |
      • MrTimeAttack

        Hey, get with the program already! It's SRSLY.... ;-)


        August 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
      • Peter Vogel, Learning Tree

        On the other hand, I would think that anyone who views themselves as "educated, civilized, or in any way modern" would know something about how language works and recognize that new words are constantly being added to the language. That same person would recognize that dictionaries exist to help people understand other people and should include definitions of those words (unless you feel that whoever those people managing the dictionaries are, they should also act as gods deciding what words should and shouldn't be included). That modern person wouldn't also disparage something simply because it's online instead of being on paper but would judge the item on its merits.

        August 29, 2013 at 10:56 am |
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