A lot of new words (about 1,000) are added to the Oxford English Dictionary each year, establishing them as canon in the rich vaults of the English language. In 2017 so far we’ve gained the likes of ‘pogonophobia’, a facetious quip meaning a strong hatred of beards, which is most useful for describing an afternoon spent in Shoreditch or Brooklyn. Another new word among the hundreds is ‘420’, a slang term for smoking weed, which is useful for describing an afternoon spent in Shoreditch or Brooklyn.
Last month Eminem’s hip hop track title ‘Stan’, meaning stalker-fan, was inked into the hallowed pages, which got us thinking. There’s a whole host of dance music terms we use on an almost daily basis that are crucial components of our vocabulary, and it’s about time dance music got some OED recognition. You know, other than ‘twerk’. See our picks below.