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Oxford Dictionary may add Chinese buzzword 'dama'  


2013-11-14 13:40 Ecns.cn Web Editor: Yao Lan

(ECNS) -- Emerging Chinese buzzwords including "tuhao (rich people)," "dama (married women between the ages of 40-60)" and "hukou (household registration system)" may make their way into the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014, according to a Beijing Youth Daily report.

"Though emerging Chinese style words like 'tuhao' and 'dama' haven't been officially added to the dictionary, their popularity has impressed us, and we are thinking of including these words in 2014," said an official at the Oxford University Press on Wednesday.

"Commonality and frequency of use are two major considerations before we add new terms to the dictionary," said the official.

New language is constantly evolving and being invented in internet culture. A new piece of slang can pop up in one community, show up on social network platforms and eventually spread the world over.

The term "tuhao" and "dama" have become popular online. "Though these buzzwords have become viral among the public in China, we still need to see if they can hold their vitality in English language and culture before including them in the lexicon," the official added.

A total of 120 Chinese-style words, including "Maotai (茅台)", "Chinglish (中式英语)" and "dim sum (点心)" have been included in the dictionary.

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