: OMG, Muffin Top, I'm a Happy Camper!

OMG, Muffin Top, I'm a Happy Camper!

OMG, Muffin Top, I'm a Happy Camper!

dictionary (sxc-Hugo Humberto Plácido da Silva)  These are just a few of the words and phrases that make for the latest update of the Oxford English Dictionary.  Thousands of potential words are submitted by the public every year via oed.com. Then a team of more than 70 wordsmiths give only the best the green light for inclusion.  These are some you might be familiar with:

  • OMG - Meaning "Oh my God!", popular in texting and first used in correspondence in 1917!
  • MUFFIN TOP - A protuberance of flesh above the waistband of a tight pair of trousers.
  • HAPPY CAMPER - A content or satisfied person.

And perhaps my favorite is YUCK FACTOR, that's a feeling of horror, revulsion or disgust generated by an idea, action or situation.

A full list of the new words is available here!  



Comment balloon 21 commentsLaura Giannotta • March 26 2011 08:08AM


OH!! more words to chose from love it just love it...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) about 8 years ago

Muffin top with the spillage. Not sure why folks wear too small clothes to make the situation even worse. Unless proud of it, don't care or hoping the wardrobe three sizes small suddenly fits again after a miracle diet, work out. I like to be able to use works like "snarky" and other catch your attention phrases too.

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 8 years ago

James-I knew you would love these!

Andrew-That bothers me too!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

I wasn't aware of Muffin Top....Learn something new everyday.  I wish I could just understand why folks insist on the creation of a Muffin Top....I really don't like to see that!

Have a great day...

Posted by Amy Hahn, Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC (Pine Knoll Shores Realty) about 8 years ago

Amy-Certainly not a pretty picture!  It's finally sunny here, can't help but make it a great day.  (Back at ya'!)

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Laura, for as long as I can remember we called it "dunlap disease" for ones gut dun lap over the belt. Another old but politically unacceptable term I remember is FAT.

Posted by Bob "RealMan" Timm, Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor (Ward County Notary Services) about 8 years ago

Yuck.....not heard that one...and all this time I was using ewwwwwww...

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) about 8 years ago

OMG! My teenagers would have sworn these were all part of the dictionary years ago.  "Mom, this is old news".   The new sayings that are taking hold in everyday language in my household are,

"I'm just saying" - that ending tag on any comment that means, you know it's true, somebody has to say it

"Do me a solid" - a favor or importance to me

"Schnick" - small amount of something, "I'll have just a schnick of that cake"



Posted by Caroline DeVore, Stowe Vermont Lodging, VT Bed and Breakfast Inn, Vacation Homes, Caroline DeVore | Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT (Stowe Meadows Lodge, Stowe VT Romantic and Luxurious Inn) about 8 years ago

Good morning, Laura. Alas, adding to the Yuck Factor that seems to distract from a pleasantly packed pair of jeans is the dreaded muffin top - LOL...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) about 8 years ago

Bob-I like dun-lap!

Hanson's-I'm with you, that's usually the first thing I say!

Caroline-Heard all those except schnick!  I like it!  

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Michael-Well stated my friend!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

Never hear of schnick, either, but LOVE snarky-sounds exactly like what it means. AM very curious about 'Dutch Colonial' and 'English Colonial' being both nouns and adjectives?? Interesting topic, thanks Laura!

Posted by Marie Graham, Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager (Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY) about 8 years ago

Laura...I have a hard time with the words we already have let alone adding more!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 8 years ago

Marie-I love words!

William-Me too!

Posted by Laura Giannotta, Your Realtor Down the Shore! (Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore ) about 8 years ago

I was surprised that these are now acceptable terms in the dictionary now. I can just see school asignments and term papers with these words on them now.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 8 years ago

I can't believe muffin top made it.  Yes, I know it and have joked with my friends about it but please... I'm not interested in having it appear in someone's college paper.

Posted by Laura Sargent (Carolina One Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Very interesting to learn that OMG has been around for so long. That's one of the few "words" used in texting and email that I can figure out. I'm just a cranky old bat, and I get annoyed with emails and posts full of letters that I have to try and decipher.

I'd never heard of a muffin top, but it's a good description for something that carries the yuck factor. I've never heard "do me a solid" either - maybe because my kids are grown?

Thanks for the link to the full list... I'm off to read it!

Posted by Marte Cliff, Your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) about 8 years ago

Hi Laura, My granddaughter told me OMG was oh my gosh.... I think she was trying to humor me because I always tell them they should not use God loosely. I had no idea that it was use since 1917.

I never heard the others, But I do like okie dokie, meaning will do.

Webster might be adding it but our spell check has not. LOL!

Posted by Arleen Montford, Selling NW Florida Homes in Pace/Milton/Pensacola FL (KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY GULF COAST ) about 8 years ago

I am going to click over and see what else made it...BFF?  If OMG is there, I would think BFF is...

Posted by Brin Realty Associates Team At Bean Group, Amherst NH homes and Southern NH real estate (Bean Group | Brin Realty Associates) about 8 years ago

Laura - It's alway nice to use a good old fashion Euphemism instead of saying - your fat is spilling over your too tight jeans - muffin top sounds better - not much, but still better - lol!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) about 8 years ago

Seriously?  In the dictionary?  Now I feel old!  I feel like the old folks sitting around discussing the lack of intelligence in the younger generations vocabulary. And, sorry but I don't care what you call it, there is nothing appealing about a muffin top.  LOL!

Posted by Laura S. Baker, Realtor (920) 728-4118, First Weber Inc (First Weber Inc) about 8 years ago