Subway riders worry not: 'Manspreading' is a legitimate word just added to Oxford Dictionary

ByMike Waterhouse WABC logo
Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Manspreading -- one of the many fouls a rider can commit on public transit - is among some new words added to the dictionary this year.

Oxford Dictionaries released its list of newly-added informal words Thursday.

The word "manspreading" received some recent attention after the MTA posted signs throughout the New York City Subway system encouraging courteous rider behaviors with a cartoon-like diagram of manspreading.

Here's Oxford's official definition of the new noun:

"the practice whereby a man, especially one travelling on public transport, adopts a sitting position with his legs wide apart, in such a way as to encroach on an adjacent seat or seats"

And there are plenty of real photos posted to social media that show just that happening in NYC:

In celebration the addition, the NYC Transit Museum is selling a special "manspreading" mug. How "awesomesauce" is that? Well, that's a new word added, too. Its official definition is: Extremely good; excellent.

Other words that were added to the Oxford Dictionary are:

Mic drop: instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one's microphone at the end of a performance or speech one considers to have been particularly impressive

Brain fart: a temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly

These additions will certainly please the hungry and thirsty:

Hangry: bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger

Snackable: (Of food) suitable to be eaten as a snack

Cupcakery: A bakery that specializes in cupcakes

Beer o'clock: An appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer

Wine o'clock: An appropriate time of day for starting to drink wine

The words "butt-dial" and "pocket-dial" also made the dictionary, along with "cat cafe."

Click here to check out Oxford Dictionaries full blog post about the new words.