Bestie And Wackadoodle Are Now Words In The Oxford English Dictionary

Other words include cuntish, crap shoot, and DIYer.

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Wackadoodle (adj.): crazy, mad; eccentric.

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Katherine Connor Martin, Head of US dictionaries, explained that "similar sounding nonsense words" like wackadoo and wackadoodle "were used as refrains in popular songs like Doo Wacka Doo in the early 20th century."

Crap shoot (n.): a situation or undertaking regarded as uncertain, risky, or unpredictable.

If you'd told me what a crapshoot it was to be a writer I still would've done it because you're not the boss of me.

Victor LaValle@victorlavalle

If you'd told me what a crapshoot it was to be a writer I still would've done it because you're not the boss of me.

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Explaining the origin of the phrase crap shoot, Martin said:

"The phrase crap shoot arose in American English in the late 19th century to refer to a game of dice (or 'craps'). Nowadays, that original use is relatively rare, but the term has become very common in a figurative use, denoting a situation or undertaking regarded as uncertain, risky, or unpredictable."

Herogram (n): a congratulatory message from an editor praising a journalist's work. In later use also more generally: a message expressing praise, encouragement, or congratulations.

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Something to cheer #Federer up. Still the #GOAT & a champion in everyone's eyes. #herogram #cheerupourchampions @wimbledon

According to Martin:

"The word herogram is recorded from at least 1972, referring to a message expressing praise, encouragement, or congratulations—especially one from an editor to a journalist. The -gram ending comes from the word telegram, and herogram may have been influenced by the earlier nastygram which was originally used (as the name suggests) to denote a message of the opposite type—a reprimand."

TIME explained the origins of the word cunt in this article:

The word cunt, which more literally refers to female genitals, dates back to the 1200s. In the Middle Ages, English speakers were less squeamish about obscene language because they had much less privacy and therefore less shame about things like sex and body parts. So the c-word probably wouldn't have raised too many Black Death-plagued eyebrows. It was even used in surnames at the time, like Clawecuncte.

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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