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How ‘YOLO’ went from Drake to dictionary

On Wednesday, the editors of Oxford’s online dictionary announced a regular update to their coffers of words. The online dictionary, not to be confused with the venerable OED, is a fairly fast-on-its-feet compendium that seeks to track the “living language…from highbrow to slang.”

The new entries are mostly words, expressions, and acronyms that are ordinary and old-hat on the Web but might still cause a copy editor, or your mom, to raise an eyebrow. These include fandom (“The state or condition of being a fan of someone or something”), mansplain, anti-vax —and, as many news stories noted, YOLO.

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