As times change, so does the way we speak. We no longer say “Gōdne Mergen” when we see people in the morning. And although older generations may bemoan the youth and their slang, linguists can’t help but feel amazed by it. Here, we’ve brought eight terms that originated in the U.S. last year and traveled across the pond to land in the hands of English lexicographers. Let’s see whether you’ve heard them before they were added to the Oxford Dictionary!
One for slasher fans
Have you ever seen one of those classic horror films where a bunch of young adults have to escape from a cold-blooded killer, and everyone is murdered except for one clever lady? Well, that’s what this term defines.
Sally Hardesty from Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) is a quintessential example of what a final girl is. This word has been around for a while, so it was high time it was added to the dictionary!