Posted by: Jack Henry | December 19, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Fifth Day of English

On the fifth day of English

My true love gave to me

Five uses for the infinitive form of verbs…

And I said, “True love, not only does that not rhyme, but I think you’re supposed to give me five golden rings or something that isn’t going to put me into a coma before the weekend gets started.”

So, instead I have been given the gift of a new website to explore and I’m sharing five words that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014. (Thanks, Jane!)

· handsy (adjective)


Tending to touch other people, typically in a way that is inappropriate or unwanted: another participant is getting a bit handsy

· al desko (adverb & adjective)


While working at one’s desk in an office (with reference to the consumption of food or meals): [as adverb]: limpsandwicheseaten al desko [as adjective]: an al-desko lunch

· keyboard warrior (noun)


A person who makes abusive or aggressive posts on the Internet, typically one who conceals their true identity:she seems a down-to-earth person who does not deserve to be vilified by keyboard warriors

· lolcat (noun)

(On the Internet) a photograph of a cat accompanied by a humorous caption written typically in a misspelled and grammatically incorrect version of English: whether it’s flicking through Facebook, giggling at lolcats, or snooping on shopping sites, there’s always something to pull your attention away from work

· Canadian tuxedo (noun)

North American humorous

A denim jacket worn with a pair of jeans:if you can weardenim to the office, then you can wear a Canadian tuxedo

More example sentences

· We’ve put together eight denim-on-denim looks that are a bit of a departure from the traditional Canadian tuxedo.

· The way to make your denim-on-denim a little more elevated than the average Canadian tuxedo is with cooler accessories.

Photos from

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

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