HANGRY and ready to eat

‘Hangry’ and Thousands of Other Words made it into the OED

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The word HANGRY have been around for awhile and you may have heard of it. Finally,  the word which portray a genuine emotion has been add to Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

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HANGRY according to the Oxford English Dictionary is defined as being ‘bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger’.

That sounds right because we all must at one time feel this emotion.  After all the is a saying “an hungry man is an angry man”.

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Have ever come back from school or work hungry and can’t  fine the food you kept in the fridge? Believe me you will be HANGRY.

Those that get moody when the order food and it is not delivered on time, are said to express the HANGRY emotion.

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1100+ Words Added

HANGRY and ready to eat

Oxford English Dictionary is updated quarterly,  the recent update for January 2018, the recent update is said to be more than  1100 words.

The material added to the dictionary includes revised versions of existing entries (which replace the older versions), and new words and senses both within the alphabetical sequence of revised entries and also across the whole A to Z range.

Published quarterly since 2000, the updates make up the Third Edition of the OED.

Among the more than one thousand one hundred (1100+) words added in dictionary is of the English language –  include ‘mansplaining’, ‘me time’ and ‘snowflake’.

The latter was obviously already a word but has now taken on a new meaning, and is chiefly used to slag off millennials or those perceived as ‘easily offended’.

The OED doesn’t accept just any old word – to be let into the dictionary a word has to be used by a number of independent sources and has to continue being used for a ‘reasonable amount of time’.

The dictionary regularly consults experts to decide which words should be added to the dictionary’s list of over 829,000 words, with the next update due in April 2018.


It turns out that the word ‘hangry’ has been around since as far back as 1956 when it was used in a psychoanalytic journal, although it’s only recently caught on with people who probably shouldn’t be skipping their meals.

To see the list of all words added, click here.


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