Legumes Chana and Chana dal are among the few names introduced into the ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ (OED).
Chickpeas (Chana) and split chickpea lentils (Chana dal) fall in the list of more than 600 other words and phrases that the authoritative ‘Oxford English Dictionary’ has declared popular enough to be included in its quarterly update.
The words debuting in the quarterly update of the world’s definitive guide to the evolving English language
covers everything from lifestyle, to current affairs and the educational world.
Apart from these two, some other new entries include a batch of tennis-related words including terms like “forced error” as well as slang such as “bagel” – which refers to a score in a set of six games to love, due to the similarity of the numeral ‘0’ to the shape of a bagel.
Robert McNicol, librarian at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC), who was invited to offer his views on the tennis-themed words for their introduction in the dictionary, said that the words have remained an important part of tennis’ tradition.
As per a report, McNicol said,
Tennis is renowned for its many long-held traditions, and part of that is the unique language used to describe particular playing shots and racket techniques.
In 2016, Oxford Dictionaries had announced “post-truth” as its Word of the Year. Since then, the huge increase in usage of the word has given the lexicographers enough evidence to add it to the latest edition of ‘OED’. A new sense of woke, which was shortlisted for Word of the Year, has also been added, meaning “alert to racial or social discrimination and injustice”.
Other important entries in the latest update are: Footless (as in, footless drunk, an alternative to the more
familiar ‘legless’), swimmer (sperm) and son of a bachelor (a euphemistic alternative to ‘son of a bitch’).
‘Zyzzyva’ – a set of tropical weevils native to South America and typically found on or near palm trees – has become the latest entry in the dictionary.