Unfortunately, manspreading isn't going anywhere.
The term, which is just as irritating as the subway etiquette fail, is now recognized as an actual word by the publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary. The venerable dictionary dictators have released a quarterly update to Oxford's informal online dictionary, oxforddictionaries.com, including several terms that have surged into common usage in the English language -- you know, like "beer o'clock," "mic drop," "butt dial," "cat cafe," and many more.
Perhaps even more egregious than manspreading is the term "awesomesauce," which was also added to the dictionary and defined as, "Extremely good; excellent." This is a lie. You should not consider the word "awesomesauce" as, well, "awesomesauce." Ever. Mic drop.
Here's a sample of the new words and their definitions:
- brain fart (n.) - A temporary mental lapse or failure to reason correctly.
- mkay - Non-standard spelling of OK, representing an informal pronunciation (typically used at the end of a statement to invite agreement, approval, or confirmation).
- rando (n.) - A person one does not know, especially one regarded as odd, suspicious, or engaging in socially inappropriate behaviour.
- bitch face (n.) - (Typically with reference to a woman) a scowling facial expression, especially as the natural cast of a person’s features.
- beer o'clock (n.) - An appropriate time of day for starting to drink beer.
- hangry (adj.) - Bad-tempered or irritable as a result of hunger.
- bruh (n.) - A male friend (often used as a form of address).
Do with them what you wish, bruh, but don't be surprised if you're served some bitch face.
Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and was kind of hoping the term manspreading would just go away -- along with the manspreaders. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.