Oxford Dictionary adds new last word - 'zyzzyva'

Posted June 28, 2017

Also among the tranche of new words are 50 new terms relating to tennis, such as forced error, chip and charge and career slam.

LONDON •Whether you are a millennial who is exhausted of getting blank stares when speaking in slang, or someone who can not understand what the terms in the younger generation's hashtags mean, you now have cause for celebration: "Woke" and "post-truth" have officially been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). What was once simply a past form of "waking up" has a whole new etymology.

These words are especially linked to recent events in the U.S., such as the last presidential campaign and issues around race and police shootings.

In recent years, the word has become more ubiquitous and is used to describe people with the aforementioned awareness of "discrimination and injustice".

The word "woke", can be, in fact, traced back to the 1962, but was brought to the attention of mainstream audiences via Erykah Badu's "Master Teacher" in Erykah Badu via the refrain "I stay woke". For anyone unfamiliar with it, "Baltic" means "extremely cold". "Zythum", the former last word in the whole dictionary - AKA the last word in the English language (because the OED really is the official record) - has, as of today, been replaced.

Chickpeas (chana) and the split chickpea lentils (chana dal) join the vast list of more than 600 other words and phrases that the authoritative Oxford English Dictionary has deemed popular enough to be included in its quarterly update. Now, however, "zyzzyva" takes its position.

Lastly, the new final word in the OED is "zyzzyva", a type of tropical weevil native to South America. If you're wondering how it's pronounced, it's thought the spelling may reference the noise made by a weevil.