Ocky, mugachino and youngie make the dictionary | Marta Mabres | Scoop.it
YOU probably won't hear the Queen using them, but "ocky", "plonko", "lamington drive" and "mugachino" have the Oxford Dictionary's tick of approval.

They are just a few of the 500 new entries added to the largest ever quarterly update of Australian English in Oxford Dictionaries' free online dictionary.

The update was part of a collaborative project with the Australian National Dictionary Centre to increase the dictionary's online coverage.

Oxford Dictionaries editorial director Judy Pearsall said English was a "truly global language, with many different varieties and nuances based on the local culture and life". "Australian English has an amazingly rich seam of vocabulary, and in this latest update we have boosted the coverage by adding more than 500 Australianisms, with words from subjects as wide-ranging as business and education, sport and leisure, farming, food and drink, the weather, and the landscape,'' Ms Pearsall said.

The additions prove Australians and New Zealanders use more abbreviations and diminutive words than any other English speakers.

New entries for words with an -ie or -y suffix include littley (a young child), mushie (a mushroom), ocky (an octopus), saltie (a saltwater crocodile), scratchie (a scratch card), shornie (a newly shorn sheep), trammie (a tram driver or conductor), wettie (a wetsuit), and youngie (a young person).

The -o suffix also appears frequently, in words such as milko (a milkman), Nasho (a person undergoing compulsory military training under the National Service Act), plonko (an alcoholic), and sarvo (this afternoon).

Associate Professor in Creative Writing Dr Gary Crew said language had always been "an evolutionary tool".

"We change as we need it, we no longer use though and thus anymore as in the King James version of the Bible."

The word Dr Crew would like to see incorporated into the dictionary is "worser".

"There should be a word that says that is worser than that," he said.

New words heard at the university include "prolly" for probably.

"It's kind of cute," Dr Crew said.

But one new word that "worries" him and puts his teeth on edge is "congradulate", with many choosing to replace the "t" with a "d".

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