New in the world of words: Gender identity and heckin’ good doggos | The Giles Agency


Each year, the Oxford English Dictionary brings itself up to date and adds a whole host of new — or as-yet omitted — words. Here are some of our favourites from the March 2019 update, which added 650 new words, phrases, and senses to the dictionary.

Bigsie, adj.: “Having an exaggerated sense of one’s own importance; arrogant, pretentious, conceited.”

Dorgi, n.: “A dog cross-bred from a dachshund and a corgi; such dogs considered collectively as a breed.” This wasn’t the only dog-related addition; maltipoo (a maltese terrier crossed with a miniature or toy poodle) and puggle (a pug crossed with a beagle) also made the list. Dog fans might also enjoy this 2017 blog post from the OED on ‘doggo lingo’, and why doggos are such heckin’ good floofers.


Eeksie-peeksie, adj.: “Evenly balanced; equal.”

Fantoosh, adj.: “Fancy, showy, flashy; stylish, sophisticated; fashionable, exotic. Often used disparagingly, implying ostentation or pretentiousness.” Or, if this one’s not quite your cup of tea, why not try…

Fantysheeny, adj.: “Showy, fancy, or ostentatious.”

Grasstop, n.: “The tip of a blade of grass. Also occasionally as a mass noun: the grass of a field, pasture, etc.”

Peoplekind, n.: “The human race; humankind.” We appreciate the OED’s approach to gender identity and bias in their 2019 update. Several of the new words focused on this area — misgendered, Latinx, Latin@, zir, hir — and, we think, represent an increasing awareness of the psychological and emotional harm that gender bias and discrimination can cause.

Skunked, adj.: “Drunk, intoxicated. In later use also: under the influence of marijuana (cf. skunk n. 3). Chiefly in predicative use.”

Sprit, n.4: “A sudden quick movement; a spring, jump, leap.”

Sproglet, n.: “A baby or small child. Cf. sprog n. 2.”

You can see the full list here. Which are your favourites?

Credit goes to Carol VanHook for her picture of a lovely snoozing puggle.