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Amazeballs! 86 new words in dictionary

Christine Lavelle in Edinburgh

Published 11/09/2012 | 05:00

More than 80 words and terms including 'blootered', 'amazeballs' and 'mummy porn' have been added to an online dictionary.

Publisher Collins said it was "blown away" by the thousands of entries it received for its online resource, after inviting all English-speaking members of the public to become "word-spotters" and suggest new and emerging words for inclusion.

A total of 86 were chosen and can now be seen at www.collinsdictionary.com.

The site was launched last year and is based in Glasgow, where Collins English Dictionary print editions and other best-selling reference titles are produced.

Collins said opening the normally closed process would make the way the language was recorded more democratic.

The term mummy porn was coined when the novel 'Fifty Shades of Grey', by British author EL James, shot to popularity this year.

The book explores themes of a sexual nature and has a reputation for being popular with women.

'Blootered', an adjective commonly used in Scotland to describe someone who is drunk, was added, along with 'Facebook', 'cyber bullying' and 'floordrobe', which is defined as "a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room".

Tanya Clarke (30), from Nottingham, submitted the successful entry 'amazeballs', which is a slang word for giving approval to something.

"I first saw it on Facebook and I just thought it was really cool," she said.

"My daughter is 10 and she uses it all the time. I think it is one of those words that will be used a lot by teenagers and pre-teens."

The entries will now be considered for the dictionary's print edition.

Irish Independent

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