The next time you call out someone for sporting a muffin top — “a protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.” — you’ll be speaking the King’s (or Queen’s) English. The expression — believed to have first been used on “Seinfeld” — was just one of the new terms that made it into the latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
The latest update also includes some “noteworthy initialisms” — including “LOL” (laughing out loud), “OMG” (Oh my god), “FYI” (for your information), “TMI” (too much information), “IMHO” (in my honest opinion) and “BFF” (best friends forever). IMHO, LOL and OMG should have been added a long time ago. But maybe that’s TMI.
“La-la-Land” (“referring either to Los Angeles or a state of being out of touch with reality — and sometimes to both simultaneously.” Hmm.) also made the cut, Along with “dot-bomb” (a failed Internet startup) and “couch surfing” (“the practice of spending the night on other people’s couches in lieu of permanent housing.”).
Some of the more Brit-centric terms added to the dictionary included “cream-crackered” (“rhyming slang for ‘knackered,’ that is exhuasted) and “lashed”/”the lash” (engaged in a bout of drinking).
The OED online lists this year’s full roster of additions.