OED adds babymoon and helicopter parenting to the dictionary after consulting Mumsnet

first_imgThe origins of “mansplain” can be traced back to a post on social media site LiveJournal in August 2008, in which a woman sarcastically thanks a man for “mansplaining” to her. Ransomware is also among the new additions – less than a year since the NHS was one of a number of global institutions to fall victim to the WannaCry cyber attack that was carried out with the use of malicious software.In May 2017 virus – blamed on North Korea – locked up computers and demanded a sum of money to release the files, causing massive disruption.Among the more recently-coined entries in this cohort is “mommy blogger”, which dates from around 2005 and denotes a parent who writes online about child and family-related issues.  The language of modern parenting can be a minefield.But those baffled by Mumsnet lingo will now find it easier to decipher as words including “babymoon”, “helicopter parenting” and “too posh to push” have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.The OED consulted the parenting website for ideas on its new additions, and came up with more than 100 baby-related words to be added to the list. It said the new additions “reflect not only medical advances, but also developments in how we think about children and view their place in our society”. Other new additions introduce a host of initialisms and acronyms mostly used online, including “TTC”, meaning “trying to conceive”, “BFN” or “big fat negative” on a pregnancy test, and VBAC, meaning “vaginal birth after a caesarean”. Fi Mooring, a senior editor with the OED, said: “These words reflect personal experiences but many of them also resonate much more widely, even with people who are not parents. “The distinctive lexicon of parenting maps a whole range of human experience, from immense joy to immeasurable sorrow and, considering its relevance to so much of the population it seemed an underrepresented category of vocabulary in the Dictionary.” Non-parenting words have also been added, including “mansplain”, where man explains something to a woman in a condescending manner, and “snowflake”, which has been in use since the early 1980s, when it meant a unique or special child, but has come to be a derogatory term for young people who are perceived to be sensitive or intolerant of difference. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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