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These dance music words really should be added to the Oxford English Dictionary

These essential components of the clubland vocab deserve recognition

  • Patrick Hinton
  • 14 July 2017
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'Banger’ exists in the OED, but its current definitions are deeply insufficient. Sausage? No. Clapped-out motor? No. Firework? This one’s close to be fair, but no. A banger is a fucking banger, mate. That ludicrously good tune that ignites the rave and has dancers going wild to its unbridled energy every single time. In fact, this meaning is so vital to the dance music lexicon we propose it becomes the word’s only definition and all others are scrubbed from the record. Next Guy Fawkes Night catch us trying the light a fuse on a stack of old Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers 12”s, while cub scouts roast kebab-sticked Underground Resistance records on an open fire, and a local thief tries to hotwire the new R&S bit.


'WOIIIIII' isn’t so much as a word as it is a noise of pure, unadulterated hype exploding from the visceral depths of your lungs when the DJ drops one those aforementioned ‘bangers’. But onomatopoeias are allowed in the OED, and this sound is a true clubland staple, second only to kick drums and hi-hats. And yes OED, capitals and all six Is are essential. (Fine, we’ll settle for ‘Woi’ if we must.)

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