East Asian words make it into Oxford English Dictionary

Words most commonly heard on the streets of Hong Kong and Singapore such as “yum cha” and “wah” have been included in the Oxford English Dictionary’s latest update.

The terms – a type of Chinese breakfast and an expression of delight, respectively – enter, along with phrases such as “dai pai dong”, “ang moh” and “chilli crab” (an open-air food stall, a light-skinned person, and a regional delicacy).

Other new entries used by English-speakers in east Asia include “compensated dating”, a Hong Kong phrase that refers to a relationship provided in return for cash or gifts, and “Chinese helicopter”, a Singaporean who was educated in Mandarin and has little knowledge of English.

The update to the OED, which styles itself as the definitive record of the English language, includes about 500 new words and phrases from around the world, such as “vlog”, “bro-hug” and “Dad’s Army”.

Read more: The Guardian

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