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New Oxford English Dictionary words – bazinga, stoozing and compers?

New Oxford English Dictionary words – bazinga, stoozing and compers?

New Oxford English Dictionary words – bazinga, stoozing and compers?

I spent yesterday sitting in Countdown‘s Dictionary Corner with the wonderful lexicographer Susie Dent. As always, I go armed with my lobbying of words that I think should be put in the dictionary – as Susie does a lot of work with the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

While much of it is fun banter, Susie is always very receptive. The OED is keen to hear and test whether new words hit their usage frequency thresholds – even if they’re only used by some sectors of society. 

Doctors have their own medical terms and lawyers legal terms, so why not the millions of MoneySavers’ MoneySaving terms? So here were the three we discussed that she said she’d look at…

The term now has a cult following and even a range of (very cool, um-hmm) t-shirts, as you can see above. Now, as "luvvly-jubbly" from Only Fools and Horses is in the dictionary, as are many other TV characters’ words, I think something with the width of use of "bazinga" should be there too – and I couldn’t help myself but lobby for the greatness of Dr Cooper.